WEST HARTFORD, Conn. -- The 2012 America East Men's and Women's Basketball Championship presnted by Newman's Own is looming next week, but a couple of seeds, including the top seed, still need to be determined on the final day of the regular-season. Boston U., who with a win can clai, the number one seed, travels to face nemesis Hartford Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. live on ESPN3.
Eric Frede and Leah Secondo will have the play-by-play and color analysis, respectively, as the Terriers and Hawks meet in a rematch of the 2011 America East title game.
To avenge for last season's defeat in the tournament final, Boston U. upended Hartford earlier this year 53-46 in Boston. The Terriers trailed 26-17 at halftime before mounting their comeback. Boston has won seven of eight games since, while Hartford has reeled off eight consecutive victories.
Should the Terriers win Saturday, they will secure the program's third Regular Season Championship and the top seed. With a loss, Boston U. will be co-Regular Season Champions along with Albany, but the Great Danes would earn the program's first-ever number one seed entering the conference tournament. After Boston U. and Albany split the head-to-head series, the tiebreaker would go in favor of Albany due to an 8-0 conference road record.
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Three other games are on the schedule for Saturday, including two others with seeding implications. New Hampshire (15-12, 8-7 AE) travels to face Binghamton (12-16, 6-9 AE) at 2 p.m. A win for the Wildcats would mean the four seed, while a loss drops them down to the five seed. The Bearcats, who are already locked in as the six seed, won the first matchup 64-55 in Durham.
UMBC (14-14, 8-7 AE), who will be playing New Hampshire in the 4-5 game regardless of Saturday's results, will be wearing its home white uniforms for that game should it defeat Vermont (10-18, 4-11 AE) on Senior Day in Baltimore. The Retrievers won the first contest up in Burlington 67-58.
Stony Brook and Maine will meet in Orono in a 2 p.m. contest as well. It is a preview of next Thursday night's first round game in Hartford as the Black Bears and Seawolves are already secure in the eight and nine seeds, respectively. Maine won 57-44 on Long Island in the team's first meeting on Jan. 21.