VERMONT at STONY BROOK, 9:00 PM Eastern, ESPNU
After taking the day off yesterday (hey, I do have a day job!), the SCGD is back tonight with first place in the America East on the line. The Vermont Catamounts, 5-0 in conference and 11-8 overall (including a thrilling one point loss at Duke earlier this season) travel to Stony Brook to take on the Seawolves, 5-0 in conference and 13-6 overall.
Vermont has been red hot the past few weeks, having won 7 straight games. However, a win in tonight’s game would be their best victory on the season to date. Stony Brook has been solid all season (well, solid for an America East team at least). They only have one loss to a team outside of the KenPom Top 100, and that was to a St. Francis-Brooklyn team that is among the favorites in the Northeast Conference. The winner of tonight’s game will have the early lead in the battle for the #1 seed in the AEC tournament. Given that the highest remaining seed after the semifinals hosts the championship game, tonight’s game could mean the difference in March between a home game in the conference finals or a road game.
UNDER THE RADAR
As a bonus, here is this week’s Under the Radar podcast. David and I discuss the lack of at-large candidates from conferences outside of the power leagues, review our current predictions in all the conferences that will not have teams on the at-large bubble, and end by running down our UTR Top 10 lists — and finally agree (I think) on what it takes to qualify onto that list. All that plus even more talk on the HoopsHD Centenary Award!