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Tournament possibilities for locals; round 2

Stony Brook (21-7, 13-2 America East)
Post season outlook: 
Wedneday's 82-78 win against the Vermont Catamounts clinched the America East regular season title for Stony Brook and locked up a NIT berth. Both were a first for the Stony Brook, which made the move to Division I in 1999. Make no mistake about it, the Seawolves need to win the AE to get into the NCAA Tournament. Would it be a dissapointment if they don't? Yes and no. Yes because as a program, making the NCAA Tournament is always the ultimate goal. No because Stony Brook has come a long way. Two years ago the Seawolves won just seven games.  

Hofstra (17-13, 9-8 CAA)
Post season outlook:
Hofstra has won five in a row and eight of its last night games. It's pretty obvious the Pride has hit a groove. Is it too late? To get an at-large NCAA or NIT bid, yes, it is too late. But the Pride has played well enough that it could scare some teams in the CAA tournament. Winning four games in four days is going to be a tough hill to climb. Even if the Pride doesn't win the CAA tournament, they have a legitimate shot at 20 wins. Hofstra hosts a struggling Georgia State team this weekend. A win there and two wins in the CAA gets Tom Pecora's team to 20 wins again.

St. John’s (15-12, 5-10) Big East
Post season outlook: Winning the Big East tournament is the only way the Red Storm will make the NCAA Tournament. Winning its final three games and two games in the Big East tourney could be enough to get an NIT bid, though. The Red Storm have been far too inconsistent for anyone to believe that could happen.


St. John’s (22-5, 10-4 Big East)
Post season outlook:
The No.18 Red Storm are rolling. They won at Rutgers, 60-52, on Wednesday. Kim Barnes Arico's team is currently in fifth place in the Big East. If they win their final two games (home vs. Villanova, at Pittsburgh) and Notre Dame loses one more game, the Red Storm will be the fourth seed in the Big East tournament. St. John's is already a lock for the NCAA Tournament, the more they win, the higher their NCAA seed will be. They could be as high as a fourth seed on selection day.

Hofstra (17-11, 10-6 CAA)
Post season outlook: Hofstra has won three in a row and nine of its last 12. How close are they to a post season bid? The Pride is too far for an NCAA bid, but an NIT bid could be within reach. Hofstra has to win its last two regular season games (home against Northeastern, at Delaware). That would get them to 19 wins. The Pride is sixth in the CAA. If fourth-place Drexel and fifth-place Delaware lose their final two games, Hofstra would be the fourth seed and get a bye in the first round of the CAA tourney. That would certainly put them on the NIT radar.

Stony Brook (8-19, 6-9 America East)
Post season outlook:
The Seawolves had a shot at finishing at or even above .500 in America East conference play. But a two-game losing streak against Boston University and Vermont dashed those hopes. But Michele Cherry can take solace in the fact that her team has played better this season. The non-conference record is nothing to get crazy about, but they played well at times in the conference. Five of their nine conference losses were by 10 points or less. On positive note, Seawolves junior foward Kirsten Jeter scored her 1,000th point recently.


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