BOSTON – After a wild final day of the 2022-23 America East men’s basketball regular season, the bracket for the Jersey Mike’s #AEPlayoffs is set! Just three days from the start of the #AEPlayoffs, six of the eight seeds and all four matchups were determined.
Once again, the excitement of postseason basketball will take place on a minimum of four America East campuses with the higher seeds hosting each round. Regular-season champion Vermont earned the top seed for the sixth time in the last seven years and will have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. #2 UMass Lowell, #3 New Hampshire and #4 UMBC will be the other hosts. The postseason begins Saturday, March 5.
- Vermont (20-10 14-2 AE) – First #AEHoops team to win seven-straight regular-season titles; No. 1 seed for the 11th time; winners of 11 straight games
- UMass Lowell (24-7, 11-5 AE) – Highest seed in program history; most wins in Division I program history; Won four straight and seven of eight
- UNH (14-14, 9-7 AE) – No. 3 seed for third-straight season; Won three of last four to earn No. 3 seed; Beat Binghamton Tuesday to earn No. 4 seed
- UMBC (18-13, 8-8 AE) – Top four seed for sixth-straight year; Won tiebreak over Binghamton and Bryant by going 4-0 vs. those two teams this season
- Binghamton (12-17, 8-8 AE) – Best conference win percentage since 2009-10
- Bryant (17-12, 8-8 AE) – Earned No. 6 seed in first year as America East member
- Maine (13-15, 7-9 AE) – Most wins and conference wins since 2009-10 season
- NJIT (7-22, 4-12 AE) – No. 8 seed for third-straight season
On a wild final night of the season, UNH held off NJIT to secure a home game for the third-straight season. UMBC knocked off Binghamton in overtime and that, combined with Bryant’s buzzer-beating loss at Maine, gave the Retrievers the No. 4 seed.
Quarterfinal action begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 4 with No. 3 New Hampshire hosting No. 6 Bryant. No. 4 UMBC vs. No. 5 Binghamton will also tip at 1 p.m. in Baltimore. No. 2 UMass Lowell will host No. 7 Maine at 4 p.m. while No. 1 Vermont and No. 8 NJIT round out the day’s action in Burlington at 7 p.m.
The four quarterfinal winners will square off in the semifinals on Tuesday, March 7 at the two highest remaining seeds. The bracket will be re-seeded with the highest-remaining seed hosting the lowest-remaining seed and the second-highest remaining seed hosting the second-lowest remaining seed.
The two semifinal winners will play for the America East title and an automatic NCAA bid on Saturday, March 11 at 11 a.m. at the highest remaining seed’s home court. The game will be nationally televised on ESPN2.
Tickets can be obtained by contacting each host’s ticket office or visiting #AEPlayoffs Central.
All 2023 #AEPlayoffs action can be watched on ESPN networks. The quarter and semifinals will air on ESPN+ as part of The AE on ESPN with a simulcast for international viewers on AmericaEast.TV. The championship game will be nationally televised on ESPN2. All three rounds will also be available via the ESPN app.
Complete postseason information can be found at americaeast.com/mbbplayoffs
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