01 March 2016

2016 America East Tournament Predictions

Starting tomorrow night and taking place over the next week and a half, the America East Tournament will decide which of its eight members will get the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. This year, the conference was very top heavy with four teams with at least 18 wins and 11 conference wins while the bottom four teams won no more than nine games (UMass Lowell is not participating due to their transition to D-1). That said, you could make a case for each of the top four teams, but which team will it be?

It's time for my predictions for the 2016 America East Tournament.

Quarterfinals - Wednesday, March 2nd
1 Stony Brook vs. 8 UMBC - Stony Brook - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Stony Brook

4 New Hampshire vs. 5 Binghamton - Durham - ESPN3, 7:30
Pick: New Hampshire

2 Albany vs. 7 Hartford - Albany - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Albany

3 Vermont vs. 6 Maine - Burlington - ESPN3, 7:30
Pick: Vermont

Semifinals - Monday, March 7th
1 Stony Brook vs. 4 New Hampshire - Stony Brook - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Stony Brook

2 Albany vs. 3 Vermont - Albany - ESPN3, 7:30
Pick: Albany

Championship - Saturday, March 12th
1 Stony Brook vs. 2 Albany - Stony Brook - ESPN2, 11:00 am
These two split their contests this season with the home team winning each, which would bold well for the Seawolves. In the end, I think Stony Brook's terrific defense will be the difference.
Pick: Stony Brook

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