Men's #AEHoops Tournament Kicks Off Saturday
The men's portion of the 2014 America East Men's & Women's Basketball Championship gets started on Friday with four men's quarterfinals games beginning at noon. All four games will be broadcast last in ESPN3 with Eric Frede and Frank Sullivan on the call.
Quarterfinal 1: No. 1 Vermont vs. No. 8 New Hampshire, 12 p.m.
- Two of America East's charter members, Vermont and New Hampshire will meet in the tournament for the second-straight year and the fifth time overall.
- After meeting just twice in the first 30 America East Championships, the two teams will have met three times in the last five years.
- UVM is 4-0 all-time against UNH in the tournament, including a 61-42 win in last year's quarterfinals.
- The Catamounts swept the season set from UNH this season by an average of 26 points, holding it to just 42.0 points per game and 28 percent shooting in the two games.
- UVM won the first meeting, 57-40, at home on Jan. 20, then beat UNH, 79-44, on the road on Feb. 19.
- The Catamounts hold a 93-48 advantage in the all-time series, including wins in 21 of the last 25 get togethers.
Quarterfinal 2: No. 4 Albany vs. No. 5 UMBC, 2:15 p.m.
- This is just the third-ever meeting between Albany and UMBC in the America East Championship.
- The two teams split the two prior meetings with Albany beating UMBC, 79-65, in the 2006 quarterfinals en route to its first league title and UMBC returning the favor in the 2009 semifinals, 64-58, to advance to the America East Championship game.
- The two teams played a pair of thrilling buzzer beaters in the regular season with each team taking a game.
- The Great Danes won on Jan. 8, 73-72 in double overtime, on John Puk's free throw with 0.4 seconds left.
- Malik Garner's tip-in with 1.4 seconds left gave UMBC a 71-69 win over Albany on Feb. 12.
- The Great Danes lead the all-time series 17-7 and have won nine of the last 10 games in the series.
Quarterfinal 3: No. 2 Stony Brook vs. No. 7 Maine, 6 p.m.
- The top two scoring teams in the league, Stony Brook and Maine, will meet for only the third time in championship play.
- Each team has was won one of the prior meetings.
- Maine won the first get together in the 2004 semifinals after Stony Brook upset top-seeded Boston U. as the No. 8 seed.
- The Seawolves beat the Black Bears in the first round in 2008, 73-65, in overtime, a game in which Maine's Mark Socoby set a tournament record by hitting nine three-pointers.
- Stony Brook swept this year's season set, averaging 81 points in the two games.
- Carson Puriefoy averaged 17.5 points in the two games and scored a career-high 24 points in an 83-79 win at Maine on Feb. 23.
- Maine holds a 16-15 edge in the all-time series, but Stony Brook has won the last eight meetings between the two teams.
Quarterfinal 4: No. 3 Hartford vs. No. 6 Binghamton
- This will be just the second tournament matchups between Hartford and Binghamton.
- The other came in the 2009 quarterfinals when Binghamton beat Hartford, 73-65, en route to winning the league title.
- Hartford swept the season series from Binghamton, but it was not easy.
- Taylor Dyson's last-second tip-in resulted in a 56-54 Hawk win on Jan. 23.
- Just last week (Feb. 27), the two teams played a high-scoring overtime affair with the Hawks coming out on top, 89-83.
- Binghamton's Jordan Reed set a program Division I record with 33 points in that game.
- Hartford has taken a 15-11 advantage in the all-time series by winning the last six vs. Binghamton.