#AEPlayoffs Semifinals Set For Monday Night
Two teams will punch tickets to the 2017 America East men's basketball title game on Monday as the #AEPlayoffs semifinals take place. For just the third time since 1999, the top four seeds will battle for two spots in the final.
Top-seeded Vermont will host fourth-seeded New Hampshire in one semifinal at 7 p.m. while second-seeded Stony Brook entertains third-seeded Albany in the other semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Both games will air on ESPN3 and WatchESPN. The four teams have combined to win 85 games this season.
Visit Playoff 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 both venues after over 9,000 fans attended the four semifinals on Wednesday.
The two winners will advance to the title game next Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m. The game will be played at the highest remaining seed and be televised nationally on ESPN2.
#4 New Hampshire at #1 Vermont, 7 p.m. - ESPN3
- Top-seeded Vermont (27-6) scored 25 of the game’s first 32 points and never looked back Wednesday in advancing to the semifinals for the 15th time in the last 16 years .
- Vermont, the league's regular-season champion after becoming just the third team to go unbeaten in conference play, is aiming for its sixth league title since 2003.
- New Hampshire (20-12) grew a seven-point halftime advantage to 13 early in the second and held off UMBC and move onto the semifinals for the third-straight year Wednesday.
- The Wildcats are appearing in the semis fof the third-straight year for the first time in program history and seeking their first-ever championship game appearance.
- Both teams enter the game hot with Vermont riding a 19-game win streak, the longest in the nation, and UNH having won six in a row.
- This is the 149th all-time meeting between the two charter members of the conference.
- Vermont leads the series 100-48 and has won 15 of the last 19 and 34 of the last 39 meetings.
- The Catamounts have won 18 in a row vs. the Wildcats at home with UNH's last win at Patrick Gym coming in 2000.
- This will be the seventh tourney meeting between the two programs and the second-straight year they'll meet in the semifinals.
- UVM has won all six previous meetings by an average of 13 points, including a 63-56 victory in last year's semis.
- Vermont swept the season series, taking the Feb. 9 meeting in Burlington, 82-74, and the Jan. 15 get together in Durham, 71-59.
#3 Albany at #2 Stony Brook - 7:30 p.m. - ESPN3
- Stony Brook (18-12) ran out to a 21-point lead within the game’s first 11 minutes and held off Binghamton Wednesday to reach the semifinals for the eighth-consecutive season.
- The Seawolves are aiming to become the first America East team to reach four-straight title games since Vermont made five in a row from 2003-07.
- Albany (20-12) built a 37-10 lead midway through the first half and led by as many as 37 to advance to the semifinals for the fifth time in six years.
- Albany's five America East titles won since 2006 are the most in the league and its five crowns are tied with Vermont for second overall
- This will be the 72nd meeting all-time between the SUNY rivals.
- Albany holds a 41-30 edge in the series, but Stony Brook has won three of the last four get togethers.
- It’s the seventh time in that last eight years that two teams will have met in the tournament.
- The two teams have split six all-time playoff games with Stony Brook winning the first three meetings and Albany taking the last three, including the 2014 and 2015 championship games.
- Stony Brook took both games this year, 72-70, on Jan. 8 at home after overcoming a 21-point second-half deficit and 72-65 at Albany on Feb. 4.