It's been a little while, but we're back with another edition of the Friday Fives to kick of the new year. Today we'll bring you the first edition of America East Top Plays in 2013, some keys to conference play this weekend and reading material as you get set for the weekend. Enjoy!
WBB: Boston U. at Hartford -- One of these two teams can make a statement early on with a win on Saturday. Both squads have been in the Mid-Major Top 25 for much of the non-conference slate and both teams need this win.
WBB: Stony Brook at New Hampshire -- After an impressive non-conference performance in which it easily beat its win total from a year ago, Stony Brook is making everyone think twice about picking the Seawolves to finish last in the conference.
WBB: Albany at Binghamton -- How will the Bearcats follow up the surprise victory over Hartford in the conference opener? A win over the Great Danes would give Binghamton wins over two of the top three teams in the preseason poll.
MBB: Albany at Vermont -- One of the best rivalries in the conference, things are always fun when the Catamounts and Great Danes tangle. Through 15 games, Albany's 12-3 mark is the best since the 2004-05 Vermont squad.
MBB: New Hampshire at Stony Brook -- The Seawolves get their conference slate underway and New Hampshire continues a tough opening stretch in the America East. Having already played Vermont, three of the Wildcats first four games in conference include the Catamounts, Stony Brook and Albany.
The Numbers Game
MBB -- Stony Brook is 18-3 in its last 21 America East contests.
WBB -- Albany leads the conference in both scoring offense (65.9 per game) and scoring defense (50.5 per game).
MBB -- Jordan Reed continues to have an excellent rookie campaign, as the Binghamton guard is the only player in the conference to average a double-double (16.9 ppg/10.0 rpg). He's also second in scoring and first in rebounding.
WBB -- Megan Craig is shooting an even 60 percent for the season, which leads the conference. The sophomore from Albany is fourth in scoring at 11.8 points per game.
MBB -- Another freshman having an impressive year is Boston U.'s Maurice Watson Jr. The speedy guard leads the conference in assists at 4.9 per game and is doing so at a 1.7 assist to turnover ratio.
Keep An Eye On...
...Jameel Warney. Much has been written about the Stony Brook freshman, and rightfully so. Over his last four games he has been much more aggressive on the offensive end, averaging 11.8 points per game as the top scorer in three of those four games.
...Jasbriell Swain. She was essential to Binghamton's win over Hartford on opening night, grabbing 16 boards to lead the Bearcats. Swain is averaging 10.5 boards over her last four games.
...Justin Edwards. The leading scorer in the America East, Edwards was held to just 10 points in a win over Boston U. after averaging 22.6 points in his previous five games. It will be interesting to watch as he adjusts to being the focal point of opposing defenses.
...Lauren Buschmann. She is the only Catamount to start in all 14 games this season. The senior had a big double-double (17 pts, 11 rebs) in Vermont's overtime win versus New Hampshire to open conference play.
...Aaron Morgan. The freshman guard has been getting some serious burn for UMBC this season, averaging 35 minutes per game (fourth in the conference). Morgan turned in one of his best games of the season in a 69-61 loss to DePaul two weeks ago, racking up 15 points on five of seven shooting while also adding three steals.
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