Quick Previews: America East Conference

Our conference quick previews are just quick predictions for the all-conference teams and the conference standings. If you came here looking for a deep analysis on each team, you’ve came to the wrong place. We’re too lazy to do that 🙂

For a while now, the America East has been dominated by Vermont, Albany and Stony Brook. One of those three has won the regular season title the past 7 seasons. Once again, one of those three teams look like the favorites this season. Stony Brook and Alabany both return just two starters from last season, so it would. be a surprise if one of them won the league, especially Stony Brook. But Vermont brings back 4 starters from a team that finished third in the conference last year and the Catamounts should be looked at as the favorites. The best bet to challenge them may be New Hampshire, who also brings back 4 starters from a team that finished tied with Vermont last year. Those two teams should battle it out for the top spot, with Albany, Binghamton and Stony Brook behind them. The America East has had some dramatic games in March lately, and that trend might very well continue this season.

America East Projected Standings

(Records from 2015-2016 season)

1. Vermont: 23-14 (11-5)

2. New Hampshire: 20-13 (11-5)

3. Binghamton: 8-22 (5-11)

4. Albany: 24-9 (13-3)

5. Stony Brook: 26-7 (14-2)

6. UMass Lowell: 11-18 (7-9)

7. UMBC: 7-25 (3-13)

8. Hartford: 10-23 (4-12)

9. Maine: 8-22 (4-12)

First Team All America East

(Stats from 2015-2016 season)

Tanner Leissner, New Hampshire (15.9 PPG, 7.3 RPG) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Trae Bell-Haynes, Vermont (12.2 PPG, 3.5 APG)

Jairus Lyles, UMBC (23.0 PPG, 5.5 RPG)

Willie Rodriguez, Binghamton (15.1 PPG, 6.7 RPG)

Pancake Thomas, Hartford (18.9 PPG, 6.4 RPG)

NCAA Tournament Bid: Vermont

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