Sunday, February 26, 2012

Today in America East

Only two games left in the America East season and both play a key role in determining seeds for next weekend's league tournament.

Black Bears at Stony Brook
A UMaine win puts the Black Bears into the No. 6 slot opposite No. 3 Boston University and leaves the Seawolves in a first-place tie with Vermont. The Catamounts own the tie-breaker and would be the No. 1 seed. ... A Stony Brook win gives the Seawolves the outright regular season title, the No. 1 seed and most likely puts the Black Bears into the No. 7 slot against No. 2 Vermont. Either way, the Black Bears open with a team that swept them during the regular season.
The pick: Black Bears shock the world - well, at least Long Island - and go into the tournament on a two-game roll.

Black Bears summary
Win or New Hampshire loss: No. 6 seed vs. Boston University
Lose and New Hampshire win: No. 7 seed vs. Vermont.

Binghamton at New Hampshire
UNH would move up to the No. 5 slot (moving Hartford to No. 6) with a victory and a UMaine loss. If the Wildcats and Black Bears both win, the 5-6-7 slots would read: Hartford, UMaine and UNH.
The pick: For UNH, the payoff is huge in this one. A win gets them a date with Albany in the 4-5 game or a matchup with Stony Brook or Vermont in the 2-7. Wildcats win this one.

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