Thursday, February 2, 2012

Anxiety about separation

Happens every year ... the separation.

Teams begin to lock in on a target area of the America East standings and the separation begins. Some years it happens right away. Others it takes a bit longer.

Just past the half-way marker and it appears as if Vermont and Stony Brook are breaking away from the rest of the pack.

Boston U. and Albany look like solid contenders while UMaine (once considered a possible lead horse), New Hampshire and Hartford will fight it out for the middle ground.

Binghamton and UMBC are destined for the Thursday spotlight dance at the America East tournament.

If the Black Bears do not want to get left in the dust, they must make a move in the next four games. Best they can do, and should do, is finish in the contender grouping with Albany and BU.

Noteworthy from last night's games: Albany got 60 points from its three guards last night. Gerardo Suero (32), Logan Aronhalt (21) and Mike Black (7) led the Great Danes to an 87-76 win over UMBC.

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