Five TV Games Versus Ranked Schools
The non-conference season will bring some tough challenges for America East squads, both the men and women, this year. Here are five that will be televised regionally or nationally (rankings from USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll):
1) MBB: Albany at No. 4 Ohio St. -- Sunday, Nov. 11 (Big Ten Network)
2) WBB: Albany at No. 14 Michigan St. -- Wednesday, Nov. 21 (BTN.com)
3) MBB: Maine at T-No. 24 Florida St. -- Sunday, Dec. 9 (ESPNU)
4) MBB: Binghamton at No. 5 Michigan -- Tuesday, Dec. 11 (Big Ten Network)
5) WBB: No. 2 Connecticut at Hartford -- Saturday, Dec. 22 (SNY)
Teams with Five America East Championships
Both the Vermont men and the Hartford women have five America East Championships all-time. Big things are expected from the Catamounts and the Hawks this year as well. Vermont, guided by second-year coach John Becker, was picked to win the league by the coaches in the preseason poll, as the 'Cats will try to reach the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. Jen Rizzotti and Hartford come into the season picked to finish third in the conference by the coaches. The Hawks will be aiming at their second America East title in three years.
|Albany's Ebone Henry|
Dave Coley, No. 5, Stony Brook
Coley is the top returning scorer on a title-hungry Seawolves squad. In 2011-12 as a sophomore, Coley averaged 10 points and 3.6 rebounds while playing 25.6 minutes a game. The Brooklyn native scored 21 points in a game twice last season, as his shooting percentage went up nearly 10 percent from his freshman campaign.
Ebone Henry, No. 5, Albany
Henry returns for her senior campaign looking to lead Albany to another America East title. The conference Defensive Player of the Year in consecutive seasons, Henry also led the Great Danes in scoring with 14.3 points per game. Henry is one of two Albany players, joining Julie Forster, to be selected as a preseason all-conference member.
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