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Refuse to Lose: Martin, Hayes deliver a shocker as Stony Brook stuns Vermont, 69-47

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Photo courtesy of Shane Bufano

In the post game press conference following No. 5 Stony Brook’s surprise 69-47 upset over No. 1 Vermont in the America East semifinals, Seawolf guard Leonard Hayes was asked if he thought good shooting was infectious. That was a question in need of an answer, but when it came to the heart and effort of his teammates, no question was required.

Hayes poured in a game-high 20 points while Chris Martin added 14 and continued to carry an emotional and physical load despite playing on one leg, as the Seawolves shocked top-seeded Vermont and earned a trip to the America East championship game for the first time in school history. (more…)

Vermont pulls away late, snaps two-game losing streak with quarterfinal win over Binghamton, 57-46

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

For 33 minutes, the No. 9 Binghamton Bearcats gave the class of the conference, the No. 1 Vermont Catamounts, everything it could handle and then some. Less than seven minutes remained, the Bearcats had the ball, a chance to pull within 1 or even tie, and a noticeably pro-Vermont crowd on edge.

And then, in a flash, the game (and the season) were over.

The Catamounts reeled off a decisive 8-0 run to extend their slim one-possession lead to an 11-point margin. From there, Vermont simply maintained their lead and ran off the final few minutes of the clock to secure a 57-46 victory and advance to the America East semifinals. The win was Vermont’s fourth consecutive in the America East Tournament. (more…)

Before the home stretch: Postseason awards if the season ended today

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Postseason awards are a funny and fickle thing in the America East. The culmination of the season, they are often the highlight of the careers of players toiling in small-conference obscurity, many of whom will never experience the bright lights of March Madness.

Sadly, many times, the most deserving players don’t win the awards their play on the court should have earned. Awards are supposed to be based on merit, but the AE coaches and athletic directors often take other factors into account. Some of these factors are born from good intentions – the desire to give graduating seniors, many whom have previously been snubbed, one last piece for their trophy cases, one last “hurrah,” among them. But many elements that factor into the voting, sadly, fly in the face of what college basketball – and the America East – is all about. Grudges against opposing coaches and players, attempts to avenge previous players who were wronged, and trying to make a statement to 18-to-20 year old kids who are too outspoken are among the dozens of petty – not to mention stupid – reasons that have influenced the AE’s behind-closed-doors voting and contributed to countless snubs.

My awards are based solely on merit and merit alone. I don’t care what class someone belongs to – a fifth-year senior who has never won an award competes on equal footing with a first-year freshman. These are not “lifetime achievement” awards. Rather, these awards are simply based on my opinion about who has been the best player – or players – this season. I will update my rankings at the conclusion of the final regular season game of the America East slate for my final picks, but if the season were to end today, here’s how I think the awards should play out: (more…)

Week in review: Jan. 17-23

Monday, January 24th, 2011

At one point or another, most games this week looked like blowouts. Some of them were. Others featured the Terriers.

But we’ll try to keep a lid on the snark just long enough to pump out another edition of the America East Power Rankings. Why are you not excited? There’s a new team at the top!

1. Maine Black Bears (12-7, 6-1 AE)
Last week: Won at Vermont, 72-58, on Tuesday; Won vs. Stony Brook, 70-59, on Saturday
This week: Tuesday vs. New Hampshire, Saturday at Binghamton
The Black Bears caught Vermont at an opportune moment after the Catamounts were felled by the Terriers, and Maine did not waste its chance. In victory, the Black Bears displayed how their formula for victory works when Maine is at its best. Balanced scoring is a good place to start – nobody scored more than 14 points, because nobody had to – but more importantly, Maine did not waste possessions and made Vermont work for everything. When the Black Bears are in form, it takes a superlative effort to beat them. (more…)

AE Daily: Jan. 24

Monday, January 24th, 2011

In yesterday’s action: UMBC reverted to form, and Vermont made the Bearcats look like, well, the Bearcats.

New Hampshire 80 UMBC 60
The Wildcats seem to always be good for one 3-point barrage a season, and they got their annual explosion at as good a time as any, as New Hampshire (8-11, 2-5 AE) buried 14-of-27 attempts from deep (51.9 percent) to leave an upstart Retrievers (3-17, 2-5 AE) squad in the dust.

New Hampshire was paced by Tyrone Conley, who scored 22 points on 6-of-11 shooting from behind the arc, dished out seven assists without a turnover, and added six rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals. Chandler Rhoads contributed 15 points on 4-of-4 shooting from downtown, and Brian Benson had a monster game, picking up his first career double-double with 15 points and 16 boards to go along with 5 blocks. (more…)

Week in review: Jan. 3 – 9

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The results of this past week’s results haven’t yielded any major shuffles in the conference pecking order, but one team took a hard fall while at least one other is clearly on the upswing. To whom could that refer? Read our America East Power Rankings to find out.

1. Vermont Catamounts (11-4, 2-1 AE)
Last week: Won at Stony Brook, 55-49, on Tuesday; Won vs. Albany, 60-48, on Thursday; Lost at Boston University, 74-65, on Sunday
This week: Saturday vs. UMBC
No team wants to lose a game, but for the Catamounts, an wake-up call early in conference play might not be the worst thing in the world. Vermont didn’t display the requisite hustle or execution in their loss to the Terriers yesterday, something head coach Mike Lonergan can use to rekindle his team’s sputtering spark. While the defense had remained sound prior to Sunday, the Catamounts’ last real offensive outburst (84 points at Iona) has been in the rear-view mirror for three weeks now. Vermont has posted three straight games of sub-50 eFG% for the first time since January of last season. Saturday’s walkthrough, er, game against the Retrievers in Burlington should provide a necessary tune-up. (more…)

Quick hitters

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

One-Bid Wonders writer Sam Perkins takes 5 minutes off from the back roads of the America East to check with some early thoughts on each team from around the conference.

The America East has already been one hell of a roller coaster ride,

Sam Perkins: Always watching over the "AE"

and we’re only a few games into the conference slate. We’ve already seen one lowly-regarded team in Hartford knock off a “contender” on its home court in Maine; another devastating injury to an explosive talent in New Hampshire forward Ferg Myrick; and an early-season battle between two of the top-teams in the conference in Vermont and Albany – a battle from which Vermont emerged as the clear “team to beat.” Here are my thoughts on each AE squad. (more…)

Week in review: Dec. 20-26

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Christmas has come and gone. What did your favorite team find in its stocking? Here’s a late Christmas present for you, from Sam and I: another batch of our America East Power Rankings – the abridged version.

1. Vermont Catamounts (8-3)
Last week: Lost at Fairfield, 65-57, on Monday; Won at Iona, 84-79, on Wednesday
This week: Wednesday vs. Mount St. Mary’s
In facing Fairfield, Iona, and Siena, all on the road, the Catamounts have experienced the toughest part of every MAAC member’s road slate – and Vermont came away with two out of three. Smells like an America East favorite to me. (more…)

Week in review: Dec. 13-19

Monday, December 20th, 2010

There’s nothing final about finals week in the basketball world. The schedule might be a little bit lighter, but we’ll make do with what we have – and what we have is another edition of our America East Power Rankings:

1. Vermont Catamounts (7-2)
Last week: Idle
This week: Today at Fairfield, Wednesday at Iona
Two big tests coming up for the Catamounts. If Vermont can handle both Fairfield and Iona, the rest of the AE might as well give up. A clean sweep is unlikely, though, and Catamount fans should be happy with a split. Big Ben Crenca may return this week to give UVM an additional lift, although the rate at which he will be eased into the rotation by head coach Mike Lonergan remains to be seen.

Week in review: Dec. 6 – 12

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

In case it wasn’t obvious earlier, the league is down. Forget about the basement; drill deeper. What do you call a league with one legitimately good team, a couple of decent contenders, and a giant mess down below? A lot of teams are scrambling to find solutions, which is causing a bit of a scramble in this week’s edition of our America East Power Rankings:

1. Vermont Catamounts (7-2)
Last week: Lost vs. BYU, 86-58, on Wednesday in Glens Falls, NY; Won vs. Marist, 75-67, on Sunday
This week: Idle
When Vermont played BYU, we found out that Jimmer Fredette can score. Not a surprise. But when Vermont hosted Marist, we learned that Brian Voelkel can score, and that is a surprise. Voelkel had a game-high and career-high 23 points – his first game scoring in double figures, let alone cracking 20 – and Vermont would need all of them to outlast a Marist team that had already lost eight games this year by double-figures and six games by 20+ points. Not exactly an impressive win, but UVM keeps on chugging along, and that alone is enough to sit atop these power rankings. (more…)