America East Conference men's basketball coaches have picked Vermont as the team to beat while UMaine is picked #7.

The preseason poll is voted on by coaches in the league and they cannot vote for their own team.

The Catamounts won the regular season title a year ago but remember UMBC won the AE tournament and went on to knock off #1 Virginia in the NCAAs.

Richard Barron is in the first year running the Maine men's program. He is the former UMaine women's basketball coach.

The Bears open their regular season on the road at University of Denver on November 6h.

2018-19 America East Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll

No. SCHOOL POINTS (1st place)
1. Vermont 62 (6)
2. Hartford 59 (3)
3. UMBC 44
T4.. Albany 40
Stony Brook 40
6. Binghamton 29
T7. Maine 19
New Hampshire 19
9. UMass Lowell 12

 

2018-19 America East Men’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team
John Carroll, Sr., Forward, Hartford
Ernie Duncan, Sr., Guard, Vermont
Jason Dunne, Sr., Guard, Hartford
Anthony Lamb, Jr., Forward, Vermont
Akwasi Yeboah, Jr., Forward, Stony Brook