The America East boasts three teams at or over the .500 mark to this point and as teams begin to hit finals, some key milestones have also been hit.
Here are a few numbers to know after the past week of non-conference play.
1,631 – Is the current number of points Stony Brook senior Jameel Warney now has in his career. On Saturday, he surpassed Bryan Dougher to become the school’s all-time Division I leading scorer. The record goes from one Jersey Hot Shot to another and Warney has at least 22 games to go in his career, so the all-time record by Emeka Smith (1,978) could be within sight.
4 – The number of games where Albany has made more than five three-pointers. The positive in that? They have made at least six in each of their last three games. Even despite that the Great Danes are off to their best start since the 2012-13 season, when Peter Hooley was a freshman.
15.6 – The number of points per game junior Will Darley has averaged in his five starts for UMBC. He set career-highs with 25 points and 10 rebounds on Saturday when the Retrievers picked up their third win of the season against Mount St. Mary’s. UMBC hosts plenty of solid pieces who include senior Cody Joyce (10.4 ppg), sophomore Rodney Elliott (13.5 ppg) and freshman Joe Sherburne (14.7 ppg). With a healthy Darley, they could be a dark horse in the league.
25% – Is the rate at which the Seawolves made three-pointers in their two games this past week at Notre Dame and Northeastern. They shot just 4-17 in their overtime loss at Vanderbilt and their inability to make outside shots helped squander their opportunity to get a signature road non-conference win. The Seawolves close with three of their last five on the road before conference play, but after American they are local opponents in NJIT and Columbia, who should be a good test to see what Stony Brook can do.
Best First Points Scored of the Week: Hartford freshman TreVaughn Wilkerson.
Quotes of the Week:
“We’re still in the building stage and to have two signature wins an ACC and Atlantic 10 opponent is awesome. I never thought that could happen this early.” – UMass Lowell head coach Pat Duquette, whose team beat Boston College on Sunday Dec. 6
“He’s out of that shadow of his brother, he’s never going to be a 20 point scorer he just isn’t made that way, but he’s one of those guys that in my opinion that can get us eight to 10 points and seven or eight rebounds every single game. It’s a guy that could be a consistent threat up there and play off our perimeter guys and also somebody that can make some plays when we throw him the ball.” – Albany head coach Will Brown on junior Mike Rowley
“We’re going to start putting helmets on the guys during practice and games, and we’re going to petition the NCAA to see if they’ll allow us to wear helmets because we just can’t seem to avoid this concussion bug right now.” -Binghamton head coach Tommy Dempsey on his team’s rash of head injuries. The Bearcats have been without freshman Thomas Bruce (concussion), sophomore Bobby Ahearn (concussion) and sophomore Romello Walker (shoulder).
“It’s still a work in progress trying to figure it out… I really like the mentality of the young guys. Our young guys can really fight even when they’re physically overwhelmed. That’s going to bode well for them long-term.” – Maine head coach Bob Walsh after their loss at Boston College
Games to Watch: Wednesday: UC Santa Barbara at Vermont 7 p.m., Saturday: Dartmouth at New Hampshire 1 p.m., Sunday: Hofstra at Stony Brook 2 p.m.
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.