FUTURE NEWS: Stony Brook captures the 2011 America East Tournament; "Combustion" Crowley named "Democratically-Elected Authoritarian Ruler of Long Island for Forever."
I mean, that's how this year's conference tournament has to go, right? There's no other reasonable outcomes in the America East's future?
The America East is a weird kind of cat, man. For the last half-decade or so, UMBC has been on top of the mountain: Since 2005, the Retrievers have shared or taken the outright regular season title four times; the team won three tournament championships in that same span.
Before UMBC's dominance, Delaware won the league's crown three consecutive times from 1992-1994; Hofstra won the next four titles; and Albany had a run of capturing either the regular season or tournament crowns from 2002-2005.
This conference is all about teams that have a few years of hot classes. Stony Brook -- last year's regular season and tournament champions -- looks to carry on the tradition in the league. And, let's be honest: If the Seawolves somehow fail to win the 2011 conference tournament --
- There's going to be anarchy in the at-large selection pool for the NCAA Tournament; and
- The North Shore of Long Island may flood with tears of sadness and pain.
The aforementioned Seawolves, Hartford, UMBC, and Binghamton are your four competitors vying for the conference tournament title. Here's the shakedown:
AOE = Adjusted offensive efficiency (goals for per 100 offensive possessions).
ADE = Adjusted defensive efficiency (goals against per 100 defensive possessions).
AEM = Adjusted efficiency margin (AOE less ADE).
Like pigs to the slaughter, son.
Here's the shakedown on the big offensive weapons taking the field tonight (SPOILER: You'll only want to care about the ones in Stony Brook's red and white):
|Kevin Crowley||Stony Brook||11.62||6|
|Jordan McBride||Stony Brook||8.96||28|
|Tom Compitello||Stony Brook||7.26||83|
|Robbie Campbell||Stony Brook||6.30||123|
|Timmy Trenkle||Stony Brook||5.81||141|
|Russ Bonanno||Stony Brook||5.57||153|
T.O.V. = Total Offensive Value (individual points per 100 offensive possessions).
Rank = National T.O.V. rank.
So, that's the story about that. Who are you taking?