Last year's America East tournament allowed us to witness the greatest upset in NCAA Tournament history when the No. 16 UMBC Retrivers upset the No. 1 overall seed, the Virginia Cavaliers.
The 2019 America East tournament will likely have more eyeballs on it as a result.
Once again this conference likely remains a single-bid league. After several seasons of the Vermont Catatmounts running away with the league and having at-large bid potential, their resume this season is lacking a quality win. That is not to say that Vermont is not good. To the contrary they are still the class of the America East conference.
They do have two conference losses though... both to UMBC.
The Retrivers are also good again. So are the Stony Brook Seawolves, who may even be in line for an NIT at-large bid.
Unlike last season, there are question marks in Vermont's ability to make it to March Madness.
Oh and we're due for some fireworks. That memorable UMBC tournament upset would not have happened without another Retriver upset. Jarius Lyles nailed a miracle buzzer-beater to knock off the top seeded Vermont Catamounts for the 2018 championship and the automatic bid.
AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT 2019 INFORMATION:
When is the 2019 America East Tournament?
The America East Tournament is March 9, 12, and 16. The America East Championship game is on Saturday, March 16.
Where is the 2019 America East Tournament?
The America East Tournament is hosted at the higher seed of each match-up. The No. 1 seed has homecourt advantage throughout the tournament.
How to watch the 2019 America East Tournament?
The America East Tournament will be broadcast on ESPN+.
Who is the defending 2018 America East Champion?
The UMBC Retreivers won the 2018 America East Tournament championship. They advanced to the NCAA Tournament and upset No. 1 seed Virginia.
AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT 2019 BRACKET:
America East Tournament Quarterfinals (3/9, Times ET)
- No. 1 Vermont 73, No. 8 Maine 57
- No. 7 Binghamton 78, No. 2 Stony Brook 72
- No. 3 UMBC 62, No. 6 Albany 54
- No. 4 Hartford 78, No. 5 UMass Lowell 70
America East Tournament Semifinals (3/12, Times ET)
- No. 1 Vermont 84, No. 7 Binghamton 51
- No. 3 UMBC 90, No. 4 Hartford 85
America East Tournament Championship (3/16, Times ET)
- No. 1 Vermont 66, No. 3 UMBC 49
AMERICA EAST TOURNAMENT 2019 PREVIEW:
For once, the AE Playoffs is wide open, although that has never stopped upsets before. Vermont was the selected favorite to start the year, but in their only two losses in league play, lost to last year's champion UMBC. Those Retrievers however, split with Stony Brook (who got swept by Vermont) and added losses to Hartford and Albany.
The country's favorite Cinderella story UMBC is doing all they can to get back to the big dance. Grad student Joe Sherburne, who was named to the America East First team leads his team in scoring but has guard K.J. Jackson to balance out the offense. They went 7-1 on their home court to make it to the No. 3 seed.
It is hard to see them toppling Vermont though for a third time. With a 24-6 record the Catamounts are ranked 86th in KenPom and are an impressive 13-2 on their home floor. Notable, because this is a tournament that gives home court to the higher seed throughout. John Becker was named America East Coach of the Year and two Catamounts, Ernie Duncan and Anthony Lamb made the First Team.
Stony Brook is a little of a wild card but they did have a mighty fine year.
PICK: No. 1 Vermont
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