Thursday, October 3, 2013

America East changes hoop tourney format

The America East Conference announced on Thursday that it is changing its format for the men's postseason league basketball tournament.

Starting in 2015, the league will play games at on-campus sites, rather than all at one venue and will re-seed after the quarterfinals.

This decision comes just two days after all of the men's and women's coaches were in Albany for a reception to officially kick off the year. The 2014 America East men's and women's tournament will be hosted at SEFCU Arena, on the campus of the University at Albany.

"This is an exciting and positive change for men's basketball in our conference," America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen said in a statement. 

On one hand, this gives more of an advantage to the better teams, which is who the league wants representing them in the NCAA tournament.

On the other hand, it takes a little excitement of upsets away from a time that's referred to by many as March Madness.

Either way, I'm not huge on having three days between the quarterfinals and semifinals, which I think will take some steam away from the tournament.

I've covered some exciting games in the America East tournament, the two most exciting pitting UAlbany against Vermont. In 2009, the Great Danes became the only No. 7 seed ever to beat a No. 2. Last March, UAlbany defeated Vermont at Patrick Gym to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. 

Here is the full release from the league.

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