Stony Brook continued their undefeated ways in the America East and appears to be an overwhelming favorite so far in league play.
We are halfway to the America East playoffs as round robin play finished its first cycle on Saturday. Stony Brook even received a vote in the AP Top 25 for the first time, thanks to John Feinstein. What are the numbers that have made conference play so far?
44.4% – That’s the home winning percentage through the first portion of round robin play, which ranks the second lowest amongst the 32 conferences in the country. Only in the Big East (42.2%) have home teams fared worse in conference play than in the America East.
1:12 – The approximate amount of time Stony Brook has been under a 50% win probability so far in conference play. After Peter Hooley gave Albany the lead with just over 1:54 remaining, Stony Brook trailed until Jameel Warney drained two free throws to put the Seawolves ahead with 42.5 seconds left.
34.5% – The chances, according to KenPom, that Stony Brook runs the table in conference play. They are currently projected to go 15-1 and are a 90% favorite in seven of their final eight games, with their road trip to Albany (54%) labeled as their toughest test.
65.6% – This is probably the reason why the Seawolves won’t go undefeated, unless they just keep pummeling teams. Their free throw percentage in conference play is just a shade over 65%, which is eighth in the nine team conference. Stony Brook has shot better than 70% from the line in just two conference games. Only two teams in last year’s NCAA tournament field shot a worse free throw percentage than the Seawolves current rate.
As a special bonus, since we are halfway through conference play, here are halfway through the league All-Conference teams with an asterisk to name the Player and Rookie of the Year so far.
|Jameel Warney*||Stony Brook||Sr|
|Carson Puriefoy||Stony Brook||Sr|
|Ray McGrew||Stony Brook||Sr|
Others considered (in no particular order): Willie Rodriguez Binghamton Soph, Tanner Leissner New Hampshire Soph, Evan Singletary Albany Sr, Pancake Thomas Hartford Jr, Ethan O’Day Vermont Sr, Ahmad Walker Stony Brook Jr, Ray Sanders Albany Sr
|All-America East Rookies|
Others considered (in no particular order): Thomas Bruce Binghamton, Joe Sherburne UMBC, Isaac White UMass Lowell
Tweets of the Week
Quotes of the Week
“He’s such a high spirited kid and we love having him around. Having him up for these next couple of games is going to be awesome, just having him on the bench, he’s definitely an inspiration to us.” – Vermont senior Ethan O’Day on having Josh Speidel on the bench for Saturday’s game against Stony Brook http://www.nycbuckets.com/2016/01/vermont-senior-ethan-oday-ready-for-stony-brook-matchup/
“It definitely helped me out mentally knowing that I can get through this two times in a row. Honestly, mentally I’m stronger than ever.” – UMass Lowell sophomore Jahad Thomas on recovering from two ACL injuries in consecutive years
“This was going to go one of two ways. He was either going to struggle or he was going to play really well.” – Albany head coach Will Brown on how senior Peter Hooley would respond on the anniversary of his mother’s death: he led the Great Danes with 27 points and 13 rebounds
“I probably got 30 minutes sleep last night. I was pretty worried about how I was going to come out today.” – Albany senior Peter Hooley on his performance against Hartford, a year to the day his mother passed away
Games to Watch: Wed. Feb. 3 UMass Lowell at Hartford 7pm ESPN3, Sat. Feb. 6 Vermont at Albany 7pm
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.