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America East Basketball News & Notes

Two weeks left in the regular season in America East. One team, the Vermont Catamounts (10-1) has already clinched a home game in the quarterfinals of the #AEplayoffs. Two other schools, Stony Brook (9-2) and UMBC (9-3) are right behind. Here is also what is happening in the league.

The top three teams in the league all have winning streaks alive as we head down the stench of the regular season. Vermont has won six straight games which ties their season best. Stony Brook has won four in a row and on Thursday night, they will have a chance on their home floor to stop the Catamounts win streak when they meet. UMBC has won their last three in a row and with some help, could find themselves in second place by season’s end.

One of the reasons for the UMBC recent hot streak could be their defense. Heading into this week set of games, UMBC is ranked 17th in the nation in scoring defense at 63.0 points per game.

The conference still has two teams ranked in the collegeinsider.com Top 25 poll. Vermont is climbing the charts and is now at #14 with an overall record of 21-5. Stony Brook is at #17 with a record at 21-5. Both of these teams are solid choices to be playing post-season basketball come March.

There are several things to like about the league’s top team, the Vermont Catamounts. First, they have won twenty or more games in eleven straight seasons. They join Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina as the only programs in the nation to do so. Second, the Cats have won a conference-record twenty-four straight league road games. It’s the second-longest active streak in the nation behind only Gonzaga’s 29.

The Player Of The Week is no surprise, he is Anthony Lamb of Vermont. In a two-win week for the Cats, Lamb averaged 22.5 points per night, with six and a half rebounds and two and a half assists. Lamb shot 58% (15-of-26) from the field. He had twenty points and six rebounds in a win over New Hampshire last Wednesday., He followed that up with a twenty-five point, six board, three assists gem vs Hartford on the road last Saturday. Lamb ranks 27th in the nation in scoring at 21.5 points a contest. This is Lamb’s seventh #AEHoops Player of the week honor.

The Rookie Of The Week is a first-timer. UAlbany forward Adam Lulka averaged fifteen points, and seven and a half boards in a split week for the Great Danes. Lulka shot 69% (15-of-22) from the floor and had fourteen points and nine rebounds in a road win at Maine last Sunday.

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