Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Play in or play out

While UMBC moves ever closer to clinching the top seed for the upcoming America East Tournament, the war for the remaining eight slots runs rampant.

Just two losses separate the No. 2 through 6 positions with most teams having three or four games to play. Meanwhile, our attention is focused on the epic steel cage match for the seventh position.

Going into tonight's games, New Hampshire holds a half-game lead on the Black Bears and a two game edge on Stony Brook. Why is the No. 7 seed so important? Nobody ever wants to play on Friday night, turn around and play the No. 1 seed the next day. Never a good thing at mid-major conference tourney time.

Wounded Bears have played the past two games without guard Junior Bernal, and centers Brian Andre and Jordan Cook. Somehow, the team needs to scrape out a victory or two down the stretch.

Decision week:
UMaine (7-18, 3-9 AE) at Boston U. (10-15, 7-6) ... After a slow start, Terriers have been showing a little bite lately. ... Already turning the ball over at an alarming rate before Bernal went down, UMaine picked up the pace with 26 giveaways at Bing. ... BU probably started salivating around 3 p.m. Monday.
Stony Brook (5-20, 2-11) at UNH (7-18, 4-9) ... Coming off an upset (?) win at home over Vermont, Seawolves need this one to stay in the hunt with a game in Orono on the weekend. ... Either way this one turns out, Black Bears' game Saturday is a must win.
Stony Brook at UMaine

1 comment:

UNH_Alum_In_CT said...

UNH takes care of business in round one of the Seawolves North Country trek 74-67. That was a must win for the Wildcats as Maine can hold serve Saturday. If the Bears win their game in hand, then there is a tie with Maine holding the tiebreaker. Tough finish for UNH on the road @ UMBC and then home versus UVM.