TV Package Begins Tuesday with Boston U. Visiting Stony Brook in Men's Hoops
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- The 2013 America
East television schedule gets underway Tuesday with the first of 20 regular-season basketball games that will air on ESPN's family of networks. Full TV schedule
The season's first TV matchup will feature reigning regular-season champion Stony Brook hosting Boston University at Pritchard Gym at 7 p.m. The game will be carried on ESPN3 as well as WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE. Fans can learn how to access games on all available platforms at ESPN3's FAQ page.
Stony Brook (12-4, 3-0 AE) is the league's lone remaining unbeaten team in conference play and comes in riding in a four-game win streak. The Seawolves, who knocked off Hartford Saturday, are off to their best-ever start at the Division I level and are 21-3 in their last 24 league games.
Boston U. (8-9, 2-2 AE) comes into the contest having won consecutive games and 8-of-12. The Terriers, who are looking to get to the .500 mark for the first time this season, are coming off good wins over Vermont and Binghamton.
Some of America East’s top players will be on the court Tuesday. Stony Brook’s Tommy Brenton, a first-team all-conference standout and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year last year, ranks third among league leaders in rebounding (8.4 rpg) and is just 30 rebounds shy of becoming the eighth player in America East history to grab 1,000 career boards. Brenton also leads the league in assists (4.8 apg) and is second in steals (1.9 spg) while scoring 7.6 points per game. Boston U. is led by D.J. Irving, a second-team all-leaguer last year. He ranks fifth among league leaders averaging 15.2 points per contest and is eighth in assists (3.6 apg).
Tuesday's matchup will pit the league's best defense against one of its most efficient offenses. Stony Brook is holding foes to just 57.1 points per game and holding teams to a league-low 37.1 percent shooting clip. On the other hand, the Terriers come in leading the league in overall shooting (.447) and three-point shooting (.384).
The Terriers hold an 18-7 all-time edge over the Seawolves and have won five of the last six meetings between the two teams, which split last year's series as both teams won at home.