By Brian Willwerth
March is one week from today, so it won’t be long before the madness begins. While it remains to be seen how many New England schools make the Big Dance, a few of them have a chance to make some noise in the final days before “Selection Sunday.”
#14 Connecticut is likely a lock for the tournament, despite the Huskies being tied for 7th in the loaded Big East. Kemba Walker has the ability to take over a game at any time. There’s been talk of this conference getting 10 or 11 teams in the NCAA tournament.
Boston College is [6-6] in the ACC. Three of their final four games are against teams below them in the standings, with the lone exception being next Tuesday at Virginia Tech. Steve Donahue has a chance to lead BC into the tournament in his first year at the helm.
In the Atlantic Ten, the Rams of Rhode Island are having a solid season. They’re [7-5] in the conference and [16-10] overall. Still, URI will probably have to run the table in the A-10 Tournament in Atlantic City to make the field.
Tommy Amaker is having an outstanding fourth season as head coach at Harvard. The Crimson are [20-4] overall, [9-1] in the Ivy League, and have wins over Boston College and Colorado. Harvard faces Princeton in a huge season finale at Lavietes Pavilion. The Crimson lost to the Tigers earlier in the year, so this game will determine the Ivy League’s automatic berth.
In the America East, Vermont has already wrapped up the regular season title. The Catamounts had their 10-game winning streak snapped over the weekend by the Charleston. The Cats are led by Evan Fjeld and Brian Voelkel. The road to the “Big Dance” goes through Catamount country, and UVM is very tough to beat at Patrick Gymnasium.
Boston University is riding a 6-game winning streak. John Holland has been named conference Player of the Week three weeks in a row. Could we see a repeat of last year’s Championship game matchup between BU and UVM? Stay tuned.