UMBC defeats VT 65-62 in AE MBB championship

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UMBC defeats VT 65-62 in AE MBB championship

Postby bcbc55 » Wed Mar 07, 2018 12:31 am

Tonite Vermont men beat Stonybrook 70-51 and UMBC men defeated Hartford 75-60 in the 2 semi-final America East Tournament games.

They meet this Saturday at 11:00am at the home of the regular season winners Vermont Catamounts with a 15-1 record and going 2-0 in the Tournament so far.

It was a battle of three pointers as the four teams combined to take 88 3 point attempts out of 203 FGA's for 43.7% of their combined FGA's were 3's.

In the Hartford-UMBC both teams went 18 for 52 for 34.9% with the winners going 10 for 27 for 39% and the losers were 8 for 25 for 32%,.

Vermont and Stonybrook went 10 for 36 for 27.8% with VT going 7 for 17 for for 41% and SB was 3 for 19 for just 15.7%.

So live by the three.die by the three so Vermont and UMBC lived by the three and SB and Hartford both died by the three.
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Re: Vermont hosts UMBC Sat. @ 11:00am for AE Championship

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:33 pm

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Re: UMBC defeats VT 65-62 in AE MBB championship

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Re: UMBC defeats VT 65-62 in AE MBB championship

Postby bcbc55 » Sat Mar 10, 2018 4:38 pm

Going into this championship the UMBC Retreivers finished in 2nd place in the AE Conference at 12-4 and with 2 conference tourney wins and with 2 conference regular season loses to Vermont. 71-56 at Vermont and at home 81-53, but as many Basketball experts say it is hard to beat a team 3 times in a row in a season especially when it comes to the one and done, win or go home single elimination tournament season and UMBC proved that old adage right again.

Another old sayings is that "figures don't lie, but liars can figure" could be changed for the reason UMBC upset the number 1 Vermont Catamounts 65-62 to "FIGURES DON"T
LIE, BUT SOMETIMES THEY CAN DECEIVING.

ODD that shooting percentages didn't decide UMBC's upset win over Vermont at Burlington;

Usually in basketball at any level the team with the highest shooting percentage statistics tells the story. The team with that wins that shooting percentage battle usually and I say usually wins the basketball game.

However, this was certainly not the case as UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County) lost all 3 of the shooting percentage statistics (and also took 13 more 3 point attempts) but won the total shooting attempts tried and won the game 65-62.

Let's compare the shooting percentage statistics that Vermont won to the number of field goal attempts that UMBC had to see this interesting abnormally.

Playing at Vermont before a very hostile, partisan and rambunctious home crowd UMBC was out shot percentage wise from the floor as they were 25-56 for 44.6% to Vermont's 18 for 38 for 47.2%. From beyond the 3 point line they were 10 for 22 for 45.5% to Vermont's 5 for 9 for 55.6%. From the line they were 5 for 10 for 50% to VT's 21 of 27 for 77.8%.

So UMBC loses all three shooting percentages but still manages to win. How did that happen: Because they won more of the stats that are sometimes overlooked although they lost the rebounding totals as Vermont out rebounded them 33-26.

But then UMBC takes over the other not glamorous stats like they only committed 4 turnovers to VT's 13, UMBC had 13 assists on 25 made baskets for 52.0% to Vt's 8 on 18 hoops for 44.4%, they had 7 steals to Vt's 2 and they held Vermont to just 38 total field goal attempts of which 9 were 3 point attempts which meant Vermont only attempted 23.7% of their FGA's as 3's while UMBC attempted 22 3's out of their 56 FGA's for 39.3%.

UMBC committed 19 fouls to Vermont's 13 which gave Vermont 17 more foul shot attempts because a lot of those fouls were when Vermont players were in the act of shooting.

Vermont had 3 players in double figures, Bell-Haynes with 18, Henson with 14 and E. Duncan with 10 while UMBC had only 1 player in double figures Jarius Lyles with 27 of the 65 UMBC points or 41.6% of UMBC's total point scored waged a one man war against the Cats., plus adding injury to insult in scoring the winning shot on a tie breaking and winning 3 pointer with .05 seconds left in the game from a couple of few behind the three point line in the middle of the court with a Vermont defender right in his face.

UMBC lead at the half 37-35 and outscored Vt. 28 to 27 in the second half.

The real big stat that sticks out is that Vermont only attempted 38 field goal attempts and only 9 3 point attempts where as UMBC had 56 FGA's and 22 3 point attempts which off set being out shot at the foul line
21 to 5 on made foul shots and took 17 less total foul shot attempts.

Limiting a team like Vermont to just 38 field goal attempts (despite them getting 27 foul shot attempts and committing 13 turovers) has to go to UMBC's second half defense as they did not give up the high percentage shots that they did in the first half.

So statistics can be misleading because only looking at the shooting percentages you would think that Vermont would have won this game by 10 points especially when playing in the friendly shooting confines of Vermont's Patrick Gymnasium which is like a good shooting high school type gym except for it being a college size floor.

Another interesting story was that Jarius Lyles could have transferred after graduating last year to a higher level D-1 team/conference as he has the skills to be a mid major or a major player, but he decided to stay at UMBC out of loyalty to the school, his fans, his teammates and his coach and look that marvelous thing happen he was a one man war against Vermont and led them to the school's first ever NCAA March Madness's Big Dance. Good things happen to good people who do the right things, at the right time and for the right reasons.

As a great a win it was for the UMaine women yesterday
this is a great win for the UMBC Retrievers beating Vermont at Burlington to go to the men's Big Dance with their stifling second half defense and on the road to boot. Great game to watch.
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Re: UMBC defeats VT 65-62 in AE MBB championship

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:32 am

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Re: UMBC defeats VT 65-62 in AE MBB championship

Postby thebam » Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:33 pm

UMBC gets to play the #1 overall seed Virgina in Charlotte.
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Re: UMBC defeats VT 65-62 in AE MBB championship

Postby bcbc55 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:49 pm

thebam wrote:UMBC gets to play the #1 overall seed Virgina in Charlotte.


thebam: Thanks for the info.

Probably because as of right now UMBC is ranked 113 out of 351 D-1 teams in team RPI (Rating Percentage Index) and 244 in SOS (strength of Schedule) and the America East both ut of 32 conferences Conference is the 23rd conference of the 32 conferences in both conference RPI and SOS.

The RPI and SOS rankings that are I used in this article are not connected (used if so desired so by committee members but not mandated) to the NCAA selection or seeding procedure if considered by the 10 person committee in any way, shape or form. That is why I use this companies particular rankings for team and conferences RPI and SOS's and they are extremely informative. I use them all season long so that again is another reason why I used them now.

However, when you look at the current lowest ranked team, North Carolina Central is ranked in RPI at 219 and in SOS 350 out of 351 teams and their Conference the MEAC (Mideast Athletic Conference) and that conference is next to last in RPI and SOS 31 both and knowing that selection committee do not have to use RPI and SOS for teams or conferences in their voting for selection and seeding I would say again that the America East winner and conference earned more than a 16 and 1 16 that has to play the number 1 seed when there are 3 other number one seeds.But at least they are there, something the UMaine men have never accomplished so I guess a 16th seed vs, the number 1 overall seed is better than have never been in that position,
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Re: UMBC defeats VT 65-62 in AE MBB championship

Postby thebam » Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:56 am

Agreed. I would rather see Maine go get drummed by Virginia than sit here and keep talking about being one of a handful of schools to never play in the post season. I don't believe Vermont would have gotten a similar fate . UMBC has their work cut out for them, but AE teams have slayed the giants before a couple of times and been really close a few others.
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