Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Picks are in

For the first time in many a year, the border-war games between UMaine and New Hampshire likely will have a direct bearing on the America East basketball race. Should be a fun winter in northern New England. Now, if UMaine can just get everybody healthy ...

Steve and I turned in our picks with the biggest disparity being where to peg our boys, the Black Bears. I have them pegged for another fourth-place finish while Steve has them moving up a couple notches to No. 2.

No surprise that Boston U. is our unanimous pick for No. 1. They've got the league's best player in John Holland and another guy, Jake O'Brien, who can score from anywhere.

Despite the injury to Tommy Brenton, I've got Stony Brook staying a solid second. The Seawolves might have the deepest roster in America East and I think that will allow them to hold the fort until Brenton returns.

New Hampshire and the Black Bears fall into the same bucket o' fish in my opinion. If some things break right (i.e., injuries, schedule, good whistles, etc.,) either of these two teams could contend for the league title.

Alvin Abreu is a stud and UNH has a solid roster. UMaine has enough experience to know the season begins in January. Big question on Black Bears' mind might be the point guard position. Andrew Rogers is back and he's joined by Raheem "Radio" Singleton. If one of those two turns into a bonafide AE point (or if they provide a solid combination) it'll improve UMaine's chances considerably.

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