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Conference: America East
Coach: John Becker
Record: 22-11, 13-3 (2nd)
Rankings and Ratings:
– Kenpom: 127
– RPI: 153
– AP/Coaches: Unranked
Seeding?: Vermont looks to be destined for a 15 or 16 seed based on their RPI and their lack of quality wins.
Names to know: Matt Glass (12.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg), Four McGlynn (11.9 ppg), Brian Voelkell (4.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 5.1 apg, 1.7 spg)
Stats to know: Vermont’s strength is on the defensive end of the floor. They don’t force a ton of turnover and they don’t block many shots, but what they do well is they stay disciplined on that end of the floor, forcing their opponent to take challenged shots and then going and getting the defensive rebound.
Tendencies: Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this Vermont team is that they bring their most dangerous scorer off the bench. Four McGlynn (great name, right?) is their second-leading scorer and a streak-shooter whose sole purpose is to come in and knock down some jump shots. He’s not a great ball-handler and he is a defensive liability, but you better get a hand up against him.
Big wins, bad losses: Vermont’s most impressive win is against Old Dominion. Their worst loss? They were the only team to fall to Binghamton in the regular season.
How’d they get here?: Vermont’s loss to Binghamton cost them a share of the regular season title and relegated them to the No. 2 seed in the league tournament, but they ended up winning at Stony Brook in the title game.
Outlook: Vermont is a nice story and a team with a handful of capable shooters, but this isn’t the same team that included Taylor Coppenrath, TJ Sorrentine and Tom Brennan. They aren’t going to be knocking off a one seed this season.