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America East Basketball Tournament Bracket, Standings, Schedule and Breakdown

Perrenial powerhouse Vermont ran away from the field during the America East basketball regular season. The Catamounts finished with a 17-1 record in league play and will again be the top seed in this year’s conference tournament as they try to reach March Madness for the third time since 2017. It was Hartford that won the tournament last season, resulting in the school’s first-ever trip to the Big Dance. UMBC is also always a threat in this conference, and will always hold the distinction of being the first college basketball 16-seed to knock off a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament. The following contains the America East Tournament bracket and schedule, as well as a preview of what we can expect to see.

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America East Basketball Standings

TeamConf. RecordOverall RecordSeed
Vermont17-125-51 Seed
UMBC11-716-132 Seed
New Hampshire10-815-123 Seed
Harford9-911-194 Seed
Albany9-913-175 Seed
Binghamton8-1011-166 Seed
UMass Lowell7-1115-157 Seed
NJIT6-1211-178 Seed
Stony Brook10-818-13N/A

America East Tournament Schedule

Dates: March 6, 9, 12
TV Schedule: ESPN+ (Quarterfinals, Semifinals) ESPN2 (Championship)
Venue: Campus Sites (higher seed hosts)
Byes: None
Defending Champion: Hartford

America East Tournament Bracket

First Round

  • (1) Vermont 98, (8) NJIT 59
  • (2) UMBC 93, (7) UMass Lowell 85 (OT)
  • (6) Binghampton 72, (3) New Hampshire 69
  • (4) Harford 61, (5) Albany 49


  • (1) Vermont 74, (6) Binghamton 42
  • (2) UMBC 80, (4) Hartford 60


  • (1) Vermont 82, (2) UMBC 43

Vermont advances to NCAA Tournament

Ryan Davis Vermont college basketball America East Tournament bracket standings
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America East Conference Breakdown

Top seed Vermont single-handedly dominated the competition in America East basketball play this season. The Catamounts went undefeated at home and will have home-court advantage for as long as they are alive in the America East Tournament bracket. As for the rest of the conference, everyone basically beat up on one another. Five games are all that separates the 2-seed in UMBC from the 8-seed in NJIT in the final standings.

The conference’s petty decision to ban Stony Brook from participating in the America East basketball tournament due to the Seawolves joining the Colonial Athletic Association next season hurts the overall level of competition. Stony Brook finished third in the America East basketball standings and might have been Vermont’s biggest threat to a tournament championship. The Seawolves boasted a trio of double-digit scorers and ranked just outside the top-50 in the country in scoring offense.

No specific team separates itself from the rest aside from Vermont, but you can never count out reigning America East Tournament Champion, Hartford. The 4-seed Hawks have been in the underdog position before. They won last year’s tournament from the exact same position as the 4-seed. They were also the only America East basketball team to beat the Catamounts during the regular season. Hartford and UMBC likely will be the greatest challengers to Vermont for this year’s college basketball automatic bid.

Team Stats | 2022 America East Basketball Tournament

(1) Vermont Catamounts

NET Ranking: 68 (No. 1 in AE)
KenPom Overall Efficiency Ranking: 69 (No. 1 in AE)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 110.5 (No. 62)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 99.3 (No. 90)
Strength of Schedule Rating: -6.11 (No. 314)

(2) UMBC Retrievers

NET Ranking: 236 (No. 4 in AE)
KenPom Overall Efficiency Ranking: 242 (No. 3 in AE)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 104.5 (No. 162)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 110.8 (No. 306)
Strength of Schedule Rating: -6.95 (No. 326)

(3) New Hampshire Wildcats

NET Ranking: 232 (No. 2 in AE)
KenPom Overall Efficiency Ranking: 238 (No. 2 in AE)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 103.9 (No. 172)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 109.8 (No. 295)
Strength of Schedule Rating: -7.60 (No. 339)

(4) Hartford Hawks

NET Ranking: 276 (No. 6 in AE)
KenPom Overall Efficiency Ranking: 281 (No. 6 in AE)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 103.0 (No. 192)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 112.8 (No. 335)
Strength of Schedule Rating: -7.11 (No. 329)

(5) Albany Great Danes

NET Ranking: 283 (No. 7 in AE)
KenPom Overall Efficiency Ranking: 286 (No. 7 in AE)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 93.9 (No. 335)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 104.0 (No. 182)
Strength of Schedule Rating: -5.70 (No. 299)

(6) Binghamton Bearcats

NET Ranking: 295 (No. 8 in AE)
KenPom Overall Efficiency Ranking: 293 (No. 8 in AE)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 95.7 (No. 314)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 106.4 (No. 233)
Strength of Schedule Rating: -6.88 (No. 322)

(7) UMass Lowell River Hawks

NET Ranking: 252 (No. 5 in AE)
KenPom Overall Efficiency Ranking: 247 (No. 4 in AE)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 96.6 (No. 304)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 103.3 (No. 169)
Strength of Schedule Rating: -6.92 (No. 325)

(8) NJIT Highlanders

NET Ranking: 330 (No. 9 in AE)
KenPom Overall Efficiency Ranking: 342 (No. 9 in AE)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency Ranking: 90.0 (No. 354)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency Ranking: 108.0 (No. 263)
Strength of Schedule Rating: -7.33 (No. 332)

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