America East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
|America East Men's Basketball Tournament|
|Conference Basketball Championship|
|Conference||America East Conference|
|Number of teams||9|
|Current location||Best seed arena|
|Current champion||Vermont Catamounts|
|Most championships||Vermont Catamounts (7)|
|Official website||AmericaEast.com Men's Basketball|
|Varies year-to-year. Preliminary round awarded to conference school to host. Championship hosted by highest remaining seed.|
- "AEC Tournament" redirects here. For the baseball tournament, see America East Conference Baseball Tournament.
The America East Men's Basketball Tournament is the annual concluding tournament for the NCAA college basketball in the America East Conference. The winner of the annual tournament gains an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.
Format and hosts
As of 2013, the first rounds take place at a single location, usually the home arena of one of the conference schools, but the championship game is hosted the next weekend by the higher remaining seed. The 2013 and 2014 Tournament preliminary rounds were hosted by the University at Albany. Beginning in 2015, the format was changed from a single location in the first rounds to multiple locations. For every round, including the finals the higher seeded team in each game hosts. After the first round, teams are reseeded to account for upsets that may have occurred.
Beginning with the 2018 edition, the last place team in the conference standings will not take part in the tournament. This change was made due to the impending eligibility of UMass Lowell for NCAA-sponsored postseason play, following the completion of the school's transition from NCAA Division II.
History of the Tournament Finals
Championships by School
|Northeastern†||7||1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991|
|Vermont||7||2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2019|
|Boston†||6||1983, 1988, 1990, 1997, 2002, 2011|
|Albany||5||2006, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015|
|Delaware†||4||1992, 1993, 1998, 1999|
|Drexel†||4||1986, 1994, 1995, 1996|
- †Former member of the America East
Maine, Hartford, New Hampshire, and UMass Lowell are the only remaining teams in the conference to have never won a title. Stony Brook recently won their first title in 2016, after losing in their four previous title game appearances.
- "MBB Playoff Changes, 2018 Baseball Championship Site Determined at Annual Meeting" (Press release). America East Conference. June 8, 2017. Retrieved June 11, 2017.