All Nine America East Men's Hoops Teams Receive Sears BracketBusters Opponent
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- All nine America East's men's basketball teams received its Sears BracketBusters matchup Monday evening as the entire field was unveiled by ESPN. The league's entire membership was selected among the 142-team event pool and will play a non-conference game on February 18 or 19.
Albany, Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont will play home games, while Binghamton, Boston University, Hartford, UMBC and Stony Brook will be on the road. Game dates and times will be specified in the coming days.
Among the league's marquee matchups, two of the top teams in the America East and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will square off when Boston U. travels to Loyola. The Terriers are tied for second place in the conference standings and have won seven of their last eight games while Loyola is tied atop the MAAC leaderboard and is 16-5 overall.
The league's first-place team, Stony Brook, will visit former America East member Northeastern. The Seawolves, who are 13-7 overall, have won 10 of their last 11 games while the Huskies are 11-10 and won six of their last eight.
In other matchups, Albany will host Rider, Binghamton will travel to Radford, Hartford will visit St. Peter's, Maine will host Marist, UMBC will go to Canisius, New Hampshire will entertain Towson and Vermont will host Niagara.
Sears BracketBusters, named because of the success of the teams in NCAA Championship play, featured a 142-team field this season. The field will feature teams from 16 conferences: 12 each from Colonial Athletic Association, Mid-American Conference and Southland; 11 each from Ohio Valley Conference and Big South; 10 each from Horizon League, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Missouri Valley and Summit League; nine each from America East, Big Sky and Big West; eight from the Western Athletic Association; four from the Southern Conference; three from the MEAC; and two from the West Coast Conference.
As part of the agreement, all 71 home teams will play a return game at the facility of their opponent in November or December of the 2013-14 season.
America East Sears BracketBusters Pairings
Albany – vs. Rider
Binghamton – at Radford
Boston – at Loyola
Hartford – at St. Peter’s
Maine – vs. Marist
UMBC – at Canisius
UNH – vs. Towson
SB – at Northeastern
UVM – vs. Niagara