#AEPlayoffs Start With Quarterfinals on Wednesday
After a thrilling regular season, the 2017 #AEPlayoffs are here. Action begins Wednesday night with four quarterfinal games at each of the top four seeds. All four games will air on ESPN3.
2017 #AEPlayoffs Quarterfinals
#8 Maine at #1 Vermont, 7 p.m. - Watch
#7 Binghamton at #2 Stony Brook, 7 p.m. - Watch
#6 Hartford at #3 Albany, 7:30 p.m. - Watch
#5 UMBC at #4 New Hampshire, 7:30 p.m. - Watch
Visit Playoffs Central for all live coverage links, including live stats and live video. Ticket information for each site can also be found there. Capacity crowds are expected at all four venues.
The four winners will advance to Monday's semifinals. The field will be re-seeded with the highest-remaining seed hosting the lowest-remaining seed at 7 p.m. and the second-highest remaining seed hosting the second-lowest remaining seed at 7:30 p.m.
Men's Basketball Quarterfinals
#8 Maine at #1 Vermont - 7 p.m.
- This is the second-straight year Maine and Vermont will meet in the quarterfinals. Vermont won last year's meeting, 99-82.
- Overall it's the eighth playoffs meeting between the two schools with Vermont holding a slight 4-3 advantage.
- The Catamount are in the midst of one of the greatest seasons in conference history as winners of 26 games overall, including 18 in a row, the longest win streak in the country.
- Vermont completed just the third unbeaten conference schedule in league history and first in 25 years.
- Vermont is seeking it's 15th trip to the semifinals in the last 16 years while Maine is in search of its first since 2005.
- Maine will try to join the 1988 UNH and 2004 Stony Brook teams as the only No. 8 seeds to upset the top seed.
- Vermont won both regular-season matchups.
#7 Binghamton at #2 Stony Brook - 7 p.m.
- Binghamton and Stony Brook meet in the quarterfinals for the second time in three years.
- Stony Brook has won all three previous playoff meetings.
- The reigning champions have reached the semifinals in seven-straight years, which is tied with Vermont for the longest streak in the conference.
- The Seawolves are seeded second or better for the fifth-straight year after being picked 7th in the preseason coaches' poll.
- Binghamton is trying to get back to the semis for the first time since 2009.
- The Bearcats' 12 wins are their most since 2009-2010.
- The two teams split the regular-season meetings with each winning at home.
#6 Hartford at #3 Albany - 7:30 p.m.
- This is the third all-time playoff meeting between Hartford and Albany with the Hawks winning both of the previous meetings in 2002 and last season.
- Hartford upset Albany in the quarterfinals last year, becoming just the second No. 7 to beat a No. 2 seed.
- The Hawks have reached the semifinals in four of the last six years for just the second time in program history.
- Albany has reached semifinals in four of the past five years and its five America East titles won since 2006 are the most in the league.
- The Great Danes are seeded third or better for the third straight year and have won at least 19 games in six consecutive seasons.
- Albany swept the regular-season series.
#5 UMBC at #4 New Hampshire - 7:30 p.m.
- This is just the second playoff meeting between UMBC and New Hampshire.
- The Retrievers won the only other get together, a 2005 first round matchup.
- UMBC is seeking first trip to the semifinals since 2013 while UNH is aiming for its third-straight trip, which would be a first in program history.
- The No. 5 seed is UMBC's best since its 2007-08 championship season, as is its 18 victories.
- New Hampshire's 19 regular-season wins are its most in program history.
- UMBC's 11-win improvement from last season ranks among the best in the country.
- The Wildcats are a top four seed in the #AEPlayoffs for the third-straight year, a first in school history.
- The two teams split the regular-season series. Both contests were settled in double overtime.