America East Conference Men's Basketball Tournament

The America East Men's Basketball Tournament is the annual concluding tournament for the NCAA college basketball in the America East Conference. The winner of the annual tournament gains an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

America East Men's Basketball Tournament
Conference Basketball Championship
America East Conference logo.svg
SportCollege basketball
ConferenceAmerican East Conference
Number of teams9
FormatSingle-elimination tournament
Current locationBest seed arena
Played1980–present
Last contest2019
Current championVermont Catamounts
Most championshipsVermont Catamounts (7)
TV partner(s)CBS Sports Network, ABC, FOX Sports 2 and ESPN+
Official websiteAmericaEast.com Men's Basketball
Sponsors
D-wave systems, PepsiCo and Adidas Originals
Host stadiums
Varies year-to-year. Preliminary round awarded to conference school to host. Championship hosted by highest remaining seed.

Format and hostsEdit

As of 2013, the first rounds take place at a single location, usually the home arena of one of the conference schools, but the championship game is hosted the next weekend by the higher remaining seed. The 2013 and 2014 Tournament preliminary rounds were hosted by the University at Albany. Beginning in 2015, the format was changed from a single location in the first rounds to multiple locations. For every round, including the finals the higher seeded team in each game hosts. After the first round, teams are reseeded to account for upsets that may have occurred.

Beginning with the 2018 edition, the last place team in the conference standings will not take part in the tournament. This change was made due to the impending eligibility of UMass Lowell for NCAA-sponsored postseason play, following the completion of the school's transition from NCAA Division II.[1]

History of the Tournament FinalsEdit

Year Winner Score Opponent Reggie Lewis Most Outstanding Player Tournament Venue
1980 Holy Cross 81–75 Boston University Ron Perry, Holy Cross Preliminary Rounds at Campus Sites
Final at Hart Center (Worcester, MA)
1981 Northeastern 81–79 OT Holy Cross Perry Moss, Northeastern Preliminary Rounds at Campus Sites
Final at Cabot Center (Boston, MA)
1982 Northeastern 82–59 Niagara Perry Moss, Northeastern Preliminary Rounds at Campus Sites
Final at Matthews Arena (Boston, MA)
1983 Boston University 63–62 Holy Cross Mike Alexander, Boston University Preliminary Rounds at Campus Sites
Final at Case Gym (Boston, MA)
1984 Northeastern 85–75 Canisius Mark Halsel, Northeastern Preliminary Rounds at Campus Sites
Final at Matthews Arena (Boston, MA)
1985 Northeastern 68–67 Boston University Reggie Lewis, Northeastern
1986 Northeastern 63–54 Boston University Wess Fuller, Northeastern
1987 Northeastern 71–68 Boston University Reggie Lewis, Northeastern
1988 Boston University 79–68 Niagara Jeff Timberlake, Boston University Hartford Civic Center (Hartford, CT)
1989 Siena 68–67 Boston University Marc Brown, Siena
1990 Boston University 75–57 Vermont Bill Brigham, Boston University
1991 Northeastern 57–46 Maine Ron Lacey, Northeastern Preliminary Rounds at Campus Sites
Final at Matthews Arena (Boston, MA)
1992 Delaware 92–68 Drexel Alex Coles, Delaware Preliminary Rounds at Campus Sites
Final at Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, DE)
1993 Delaware 67–64 Drexel Kevin Blackhurst, Delaware Preliminary Rounds at Campus Sites
Final at Daskalakis Athletic Center (Philadelphia, PA)
1994 Drexel 86–78 Maine Malik Rose, Drexel
1995 Drexel 72–52 Northeastern Malik Rose, Drexel Preliminary Rounds at Campus Sites
Final at Daskalakis Athletic Center (Philadelphia, PA)
1996 Drexel 76–67 Boston University Malik Rose, Drexel Preliminary Rounds at Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, DE)
Final at Daskalakis Athletic Center (Philadelphia, PA)
1997 Boston University 68–61 Drexel Tunji Awojobi, Boston University Preliminary Rounds at Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, DE)
Final at Case Gym (Boston, MA)
1998 Delaware 66–58 Boston University Darryl Presley, Delaware Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, DE)
1999 Delaware 86–67 Drexel John Gordon, Delaware
2000 Hofstra 76–69 Delaware Speedy Claxton, Hofstra Preliminary Rounds at Bob Carpenter Center (Newark, DE)
Final at Hofstra Arena (Hempstead, NY)
2001 Hofstra 68–54 Delaware Roberto Gittens, Hofstra
2002 Boston University 66–40 Maine Billy Collins, Boston University Preliminary Rounds at Matthews Arena (Boston, MA)
Final at Case Gym (Boston, MA)
2003 Vermont 56–55 Boston University Matt Sheftic, Vermont Preliminary Rounds at Walter Brown Arena (Boston, MA)
Final at Case Gym (Boston, MA)
2004 Vermont 72–53 Maine Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont Preliminary Rounds at Walter Brown Arena (Boston, MA)
Final at Patrick Gym (Burlington, VT)
2005 Vermont 80–57 Northeastern Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont Preliminary Rounds at Events Center (Vestal, NY)
Final at Patrick Gym (Burlington, VT)
2006 Albany 80–67 Vermont Jamar Wilson, Albany Preliminary Rounds at Events Center (Vestal, NY)
Final at Recreation and Convocation Center (Albany, NY)
2007 Albany 60–59 Vermont Jamar Wilson, Albany Preliminary Rounds at Agganis Arena (Boston, MA)
Final at Patrick Gym (Burlington, VT)
2008 UMBC 82–65 Hartford Jay Greene, UMBC Preliminary Rounds at Events Center (Vestal, NY)
Final at Retriever Activities Center (Catonsville, MD)
2009 Binghamton 61–51 UMBC D.J. Rivera, Binghamton Preliminary Rounds at SEFCU Arena (Albany, NY)
Final at Events Center (Vestal, NY)
2010 Vermont 83–70 Boston University Marqus Blakely, Vermont Preliminary Rounds at Chase Arena (West Hartford, CT)
Final at Patrick Gym (Burlington, VT)
2011 Boston University 56–54 Stony Brook John Holland, Boston University Preliminary Rounds at Chase Arena (West Hartford, CT)
Final at Agganis Arena (Boston, MA)
2012 Vermont 51–43 Stony Brook Brian Voelkel, Vermont Preliminary Rounds at Chase Arena (West Hartford, CT)
Final at Stony Brook Arena (Stony Brook, NY)
2013 Albany 53–49 Vermont Mike Black, Albany Preliminary Rounds at SEFCU Arena (Albany, NY)
Final at Patrick Gym (Burlington, VT)
2014 Albany 69–60 Stony Brook Peter Hooley, Albany Preliminary Rounds at SEFCU Arena (Albany, NY)
Final at Pritchard Gymnasium (Stony Brook, NY)
2015 Albany 51–50 Stony Brook Peter Hooley, Albany Preliminary Rounds at Campus Sites
Final at SEFCU Arena (Albany, NY)
2016 Stony Brook 80–74 Vermont Jameel Warney, Stony Brook Preliminary Rounds at Campus Sites
Final at Island Federal Credit Union Arena (Stony Brook, NY)
2017 Vermont 56–53 Albany Anthony Lamb, Vermont Preliminary Rounds at Campus Sites
Final at Patrick Gym (Burlington, VT)
2018 UMBC 65–62 Vermont Jairus Lyles, UMBC
2019 Vermont 66–49 UMBC Anthony Lamb, Vermont
2020 Cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic

Championships by SchoolEdit

School Championships Years
Northeastern 7 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1991
Vermont 7 2003, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2019
Boston 6 1983, 1988, 1990, 1997, 2002, 2011
Albany 5 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015
Delaware 4 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999
Drexel 4 1986, 1994, 1995, 1996
Hofstra 2 2000, 2001
UMBC 2 2008, 2018
Holy Cross 1 1980
Siena 1 1989
Binghamton 1 2009
Stony Brook 1 2016
Hartford 0
Maine 0
UMass Lowell 0
New Hamsphire 0
  • Former member of the America East

Maine, Hartford, New Hampshire, and UMass Lowell are the only remaining teams in the conference to have never won a title. Stony Brook recently won their first title in 2016, after losing in their four previous title game appearances.

BroadcastersEdit

TelevisionEdit

Year Network Play-by-play Analyst Sideline
2020 ESPN2 Dave O'Brien Noah Savage
2019 Doug Sherman Paul Biancardi Stormy Buonantony
2018 Mark Plansky Olivia Harlan
2017 Mike Corey Brooke Weisbrod
2016 Mark Jones
2015 Bob Picozzi Tim Welsh
2014
2013 LaPhonso Ellis
2012[2]
2011[3] Beth Mowins Mike Kelley
2010[4] Bob Wischusen Tim Welsh
2009[5] Scott Graham
2008[6] Bob Wischusen Mike Kelley
2007[7] Jon Sciambi Bucky Waters
2006 Bob Wischusen Donny Marshall
2005 ESPN Dave Revsine Jay Williams
2004 Doug Gottlieb
2003 Bob Wenzel
2002 Jay Bilas
2001 Michele Tafoya Bob Wenzel
1999[8] Dave Strader Jay Bilas

RadioEdit

Year Network Play-by-play Analyst
2016 Westwood One Scott Graham Mo Cassara
2015[9] Brandon Gaudin

ReferencesEdit

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