As a reminder, all records omit games against non-Division-I opponents.
1. Stony Brook Seawolves (20-6, 12-2 AE, W4)
Previous Ranking: 1st
Results: W 83-39 vs. UMBC, W 69-53 at Maine
Next week: Thursday at BU, Sunday at Albany
Stony Brook still has to win one of its remaining games in order to lock up the NIT autobid as a fall-back, but with a full week to go in the regular season, the Seawolves have locked up their third No. 1 seed in four years. The first two No. 1 seeds ended with disappointment for America East’s Long Island representatives, but something about this year feels different – and admittedly looks different. Ten of Stony Brook’s 12 conference victories have been by double-digits. If Stony Brook runs the table they will be the first AE champion with six losses or fewer since ’05 Vermont. And advanced stats love – I mean LOVE – the Seawolves. KenPom has SBU at No. 58 nationally as of Monday, which seemed a bit high until I saw Kyle Whelliston’s BBState ranking: No. 39. To be clear, if selection committees agreed to use a single ranking, the 58th-best team in the country would get into the NIT without an autobid, and the 39th-best team would be an NCAA at-large selection. We find that overly optimistic, to say the least, but on-balance it’s hard to argue that Stony Brook’s regular season performance shouldn’t be ranked among the very best AE regular season resume’s of recent years. (more…)