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NCAA Basketball Conference Tournament Breakdown: America East Conference

Can Vermont grab the America East tournament championship?
Can Vermont grab the America East tournament championship?Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
T.R. PetersonCorrespondent IMarch 2, 2011

Dates:  March 2-6, 12

Bracket: America East

Sites:  First round, quarterfinal and semi-final action will be played at the University of Hartford’s Chase Family Arena.  Then the championship will be played at the site of the highest remaining seed.

Television:  The championship game will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Tourney Fact:  The last time a No.1 or No.2 seed did not win the America East conference tournament was 1993 (NJo. 3 seeded Delaware).

Favorites:  Vermont (22-7, 13-3) won the regular season by a game over Boston U. (18-13, 12-4) but the Terriers beat the Catamounts in both meetings during the regular season.  Boston is also playing well of late, winning eight straight to end the regular season.

Best of the Rest:  Maine (15-14, 9-7) was in control of the America East at the midway point but have lost seven of eight since.  Still, the Black Bears have wins over both Vermont and Boston U.

Sleeper:  Albany (16-15, 9-7) won four straight to end the regular season.  If Tim Ambrose and company get hot from the three point line they could surprise.

Also, check out other conference tournament breakdowns: Big South Conference, Horizon League, Ohio Valley Conference, Patriot League, Missouri Valley Conference, and Northeast Conference

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