The America East Conference is extremely top-heavy this year, in that only Vermont and Albany have records above .500. Boston University is at 8-8 and every other team is sub-.500, which means the conference tournament should shape up to be a battle of the Kitties vs. the Scooby Doos. I’m going to pick the Vermont Catamounts over the Albany Great Danes and go on record as saying the rest of the tournament will probably be ugly.
The University of Vermont Catamounts is my favorite Little Team That Could Story. They made it to the NCAA tournament from 2003-2005 and in 2005 they pulled off a huge first-round upset by beating #4-seed Syracuse in OT. Barring an upset in the America East conference tournament, the Catamounts should be poised to get another low seed in the tournament and hopefully pull off the upset. I think I would put first-round NCAA tournament upsets on my list of Top 10 Things I Love in The World That Aren’t People. Except the one last year against Iowa, that just made me cry a lot. Anyway, back to the America East Conference. The Vermont Catamounts conference record is 15-1, 23-6 overall and they did have a big win over #15 Boston College in non-conference play, so it’s not out of the realm, if they take care of business in the conference tourney. The tournament starts tomorrow night at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.
Friday, March 2: First Round
#8 Hartford vs. #9 Stony Brook, 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 3: Quarterfinals
#8/9 vs. #1 Vermont, 12 noon
#5 UMBC vs. #4 Maine, 2:30 p.m.
#7 New Hampshire vs. #2 Albany, 6 p.m.
#6 Binghamton vs. #3 Boston University, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 4: Semifinals
12 noon/2:30 p.m. (AETV: TW3)
Saturday, March 10: Title Game
at higher remaining seed, 12 noon (ESPN2)
Here is your American East All-Conference Hottie Team of 2007:
Marques Johnson, G, BU, 5’11, 165
Jesse Keith, G, Maine, 5’10, 165
Omari Peterkin, F, BU, 6’8, 275
Shawn Tobey, F, New Hampshire, 6’5, 195
Tyler Massey, C, MD Baltimore Cty, 6’10, 240