2018 America East Men's Basketball Tournament

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2018 America East Men's Basketball Tournament
ClassificationDivision I
Season2017–18
Teams8
SiteCampus sites
ChampionsUMBC (2nd title)
Winning coachRyan Odom (1st title)
MVPJairus Lyles (UMBC)
Attendance17,062
TelevisionESPN3
ESPN2
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2017–18 America East Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Vermont 15 1   .938     27 8   .771
UMBC 12 4   .750     25 11   .694
Hartford 11 5   .688     19 14   .576
Albany 10 6   .625     22 10   .688
Stony Brook 7 9   .438     13 19   .406
New Hampshire 6 10   .375     10 21   .323
UMass Lowell 6 10   .375     12 18   .400
Maine 3 13   .188     6 26   .188
Binghamton 2 14   .125     11 20   .355
2018 America East Tournament winner

The 2018 America East Men's Basketball Tournament was the postseason men's basketball tournament for the America East Conference, which was held on March 3, 6, and 10, 2018. All tournament games were played on home arenas of the higher-seeded school. UMBC defeated regular-season champion Vermont in the championship game to win the tournament and receive the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. UMBC went on to defeat Virginia to become the first 16th-seeded team to beat the No. 1 seed in one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history.[1]

Seeds[edit]

The top eight teams in the conference standings qualified for the tournament. UMass Lowell was eligible for the tournament for the first time following their four-year transition to Division I. The teams were seeded by record in conference, with a tiebreaker system to seed teams with identical conference records. Binghamton was the only team to not qualify.

Seed School AEC Record Tiebreaker
1 Vermont 15–1
2 UMBC 12–4
3 Hartford 11–5
4 Albany 10–6
5 Stony Brook 7–9
6 New Hampshire 6–10 1–1 vs. Albany
7 UMass Lowell 6–10 0–2 vs. Albany
8 Maine 3–13
DNQ Binghamton 2-14

Schedule[edit]

Game Time Matchup Score Television Attendance
Quarterfinals – Saturday, March 3
1 1:00 pm No. 7 UMass Lowell at No. 2 UMBC 77–89 ESPN3 1,518
2 4:00 pm No. 6 New Hampshire at No. 3 Hartford 60–71 1,727
3 7:00 pm No. 8 Maine at No. 1 Vermont 60–75 3,266
4 7:00 pm No. 5 Stony Brook at No. 4 Albany 69–60 1,785
Semifinals – Tuesday, March 6
5 7:00 pm No. 5 Stony Brook at No. 1 Vermont 51–70 ESPN3 3,266
6 7:30 pm No. 3 Hartford at No. 2 UMBC 60–75 2,234
Championship – Saturday, March 10
7 11:00 am No. 2 UMBC at No. 1 Vermont 65–62 ESPN2 3,266
Game times in ET. Rankings denote tournament seeding. All games hosted by higher-seeded team.[2]

Bracket and results[edit]

[3] Teams are reseeded after each round with highest remaining seeds receiving home court advantage.

  Quarterfinals
Saturday, March 3, 2018
ESPN3
Semifinals
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
ESPN3
Championship
Saturday, March 10, 2018
ESPN2
                           
  1 Vermont 75
8 Maine 60
1 Vermont 70  
5 Stony Brook 51  
4 Albany 60
  5 Stony Brook 69
(Pairings are reseeded after the first round)   1 Vermont 62
  2 UMBC 65
  2 UMBC 89
7 UMass Lowell 77
2 UMBC 75
3 Hartford 60  
3 Hartford 71
  6 New Hampshire 60

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reed, Steve (March 17, 2018). "No. 16 UMBC stuns No. 1 Virginia 74–54 to make NCAA history". Philadelphia, PA: WPVI-TV. Associated Press. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  2. ^ "America East Tournament Schedule". America East. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  3. ^ https://s3.amazonaws.com/sidearm.sites/americaeast.sidearmsports.com/documents/2018/2/27/AE_MBB_2018_Playoffs_Bracket.pdf