Only Binghamton and Maine have yet to win a game in the America East, but there have been plenty of ups and downs for these nine teams so far.
America East Non-D1 standings: Stony Brook 1-0, Albany 1-0, New Hampshire 1-0
Here are some of the ups and downs from the season’s first 10 days, through the numbers.
22.5% – That is the percentage of three-pointers made by Stony Brook in their last two games. KenPom stats only track games against Division I opponents, which rank the Seawolves shooting as 336th out of 351 teams. While the Seawolves were going to be known as an inside team, as KenPom notes that 69.6% of their points have come from two-point field goals – the 2nd highest percentage in the country – they will need to start hitting outside shots to evolve into the overwhelming favorite of the conference. It also would have helped them win one of their first two games on their road trip, where they lost in overtime at Vanderbilt and by one at Western Kentucky.
8 – That is the total number of games where freshmen have either led their team in scoring for a game. It appears that freshmen will have a lot to say about who can contend in the conference. UMBC’s Joe Sherburne has not been afraid to score as well as pick up rebounds. At times, Vermont’s Ernie Duncan has looked like their best player, while Maine has started Issac Vann and Ilija Stojiljkovic in each of their three games and has played five freshmen in every game.
|Freshman Watch List||Team||Best Performance|
|Issac Vann||Maine||28 pts, 11 rebs vs Wagner|
|Joe Sherburne||UMBC||19 pts, 4 rebs vs Cal Poly|
|Pat McNamara||New Hampshire||18 pts, 6 3pt FG vs Holy Cross|
|Ernie Duncan||Vermont||18 pts, 2 ast vs Purdue|
|Isaac White||UMass Lowell||17 pts, 4 rebs vs Sacred Heart|
|Devine Eke||Maine||14 pts, 12 rebs, 2 ast, 3 blocks vs LIU Brooklyn|
|George Blagojevic||Hartford||15 pts, 4 rebs, 2 ast vs CCSU|
|Lavar Harewood||Maine||14 pts, 6 rebs vs Wagner|
|Everson Davis||Binghamton||14 pts, 3 rebs, 4 ast vs Army|
2,743 – The number of miles UMBC has traveled to start the year at Wake Forest, then St. John’s, their home opener two days later and then this weekend’s trip to Northern Colorado where they picked up their first win of the season. On Saturday, Cody Joyce recorded his first career 30-point game in their win over Northern Colorado.
The Week in Quotes: “I think we’re a pretty good three-point shooting team, but after two games, apparently not” – Albany head coach Will Brown. His team shot 2 for 27 from long range against Kentucky and Boston U.
“He’s a throwback, kind of old-school post man” – New Hampshire head coach Bill Herrion on Tanner Leissner’s 20 point, 4 rebound performance against UConn.
“I think we’re a balanced team, anyone can go off and score a lot of points.” – Vermont redshirt freshman Ernie Duncan, after their win over Niagara at Mohegan Sun.
“Joe Sherburne is a freshman that many people don’t know about, but if he continues to play like this, people will definitely begin to know his name.” – UMBC redshirt sophomore Rodney Elliott on his teammate’s 16 point, nine rebound performance against St. John’s.
Games To Watch This Week: Nov 24 Niagara at Hartford 7pm, Nov 24 Albany at South Florida 7pm ESPN3, Nov 25 Vermont at Florida 3pm SEC Network/ESPN3, Nov 27 NJIT at Albany 7pm, Nov 29 Yale at Albany 2pm
Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2015-16 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference among others for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.