We are more than halfway through the first group of round robin games in the America East and Stony Brook appears to be the prohibitive favorite.
However there are other questions as we continue conference play. Here are some numbers that made the past week:
10 – The amount of two-point field goals Ethan O’Day made against Hartford on Saturday, setting a new career-high as he reached a new height of 24 points in their win over Hartford.
10 – Stony Brook’s winning streak matches their longest since the 2010 season, the current program record.
17.4% – The current chances that Stony Brook will go unbeaten in conference play, according to KenPom. They are favored by 70% to win all but one game, their road visit to Albany (55%) on Feb. 17. Their average margin of victory in America East play so far has been a shade over 22 points.
30 – So for those of you thinking that senior Jameel Warney was going to be the first player in the America East to eclipse 30 points you were wrong. Just this week Matt Harris from UMass Lowell compiled 32 points in their overtime win at UMBC and Tanner Leissner produced 30 in their win over Maine. Warney has yet to have a 30-point game this season.
1.3% – The current chances that Binghamton goes winless, according to KenPom. They are favored in two of their remaining conference games.
Tweets of the Week:
With Hartford down 17-3 with 9:49 remaining in the first half, the clock at Chase Family Arena encountered some issues:
There are two ways to think of Maine’s upset victory over Albany on Friday
This is how UMBC sent their game into overtime against UMass Lowell on Saturday
Quotes of the Week:
“We have a lot of games coming up here, and it’s still very early, so we just focus on the next one at hand, and we’ll have a few days to prepare for Albany and it should be a great game.” – Stony Brook head coach Steve Pikiell after their 77-43 win over Hartford
“I have to take responsibility for being the captain of the defensive end. I have to talk more on defense, get guys going. We should never give up 90-something points, especially in our own gym. I take responsibility for that.” – Vermont junior Dre Wills on his return against UMass Lowell on Monday night, where the Catamounts lost 93-82 to the RiverHawks
“I wasn’t going to play him… They said he’s got to play and luckily I was smart enough to listen to them.” – Maine head coach Bob Walsh, who said his assistants convinced him to play freshman Isaac Vann, who returned for the first time since missing 12 games with an ankle injury
“If we can’t get the ball inside we’re not going to be able score. We’ve got to do a better job of taking care of the ball.” – Binghamton freshman Everson Davis on their 18 turnovers in their loss to Hartford
“Camara, he had more rebounds at halftime than everybody in our locker room. That’s ridiculous.” – Maine head coach Bob Walsh on New Hampshire sophomore Iba Camara’s 16 point, 18 rebound performance against Maine
Games to Watch: Thursday Jan. 21 Vermont at Binghamton 7pm, New Hampshire at UMass Lowell 7pm ESPN3, Friday Jan. 22 Albany at Stony Brook 9pm ESPNU,
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.