CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - As we turn the calendar to 2013, we also turn our attention to the beginning of conference play in the America East with four games on tap Wednesday night. All games will tip at 7 p.m. ET.
UMBC (4-9) and Albany (9-3) highlight the night with a rematch of the 2012 America East title game that saw the Great Danes edge the Retrievers, 69-61, to earn their first trip to the NCAA Tournament. UMBC has dropped eight of it last 10 contests entering Wednesday night's game. On the other side, Albany has won seven of its last eight but has not played since beating Canisius on Dec. 21. The Great Danes won all three meetings betwee the two sides last year.
Stony Brook (8-5) is off to its best start since 2005-06 after already doubling its win total from last year just in the non-conference portion of the schedule. The Seawolves host red hot Boston University (10-3) in the conference opener. The Terriers have won seven-straight games and have not lost a game since Nov. 24. Boston U. is one of the best three-point shooting teams in the country, averaging 8.7 per game and is on pace to break the conference single season record.
Vermont (3-10) and New Hampshire (5-8) are each looking to snap losing streaks when the two teams meet Wednesday night. The Catamounts have dropped five-straight games but are 3-1 at home this season. On the other side, the Wildcats have lost three-straight and are 2-6 on the road.
Hartford (9-4) visits Binghamton (1-12) to cap things off at the Events Center. The Bearcats are 0-4 on their home court in non-conference play. Hartford is coming off a loss to No. 9 Maryland and has not lost back-to-back games yet this season. The Hawks have won 15 of the last 17 meetings with the Bearcats, but Binghamton won the last match-up, upsetting Hartford in the America East quarterfinals, 48-45, last season.