If anyone thinks Stony Brook is a lock to repeat as America East regular season champs, think again. Aside from the fact that junior forward and leading rebounder Tommy Brenton is out for the season, the rest of the league is nothing to be toyed with.
Boston University was picked to finish first, while the Seawolves were selected second. But Boston University might not even be the team Stony Brook has to worry about the most. After watching some of Vermont vs. Connecticut, it's clear that the Catamounts are a team that could surprise.
Vermont actually led the Huskies, 36-33, at the half. More important was the play of Evan Fjeld and Matt Glass. Field had 26 points and Glass, who went 6-for-7 from three point range, had 24 points.
Obviously one game doesn't make a season, but the Catamounts shot 47 percent from the field against Connecticut in their 89-73 loss. Stony Brook shot 27 percent.
Aside from Vermont's offensive efficiency, the Catamounts also have a lot of size.
All of that notwithstanding, the Seawolves had a lot going for them. Bryan Dougher and Chris Martin are two of the most experienced guards in the conference. Dallis Joyner is a three-year starter. That alone could equal a few extra wins.