RETRIEVER UPDATE: UMBC concluded the regular season on Feb. 24, with a 79-50 victory at New Hampshire, therefore the Retrievers had nine days of rest prior to their tournament opener. Of the 10 players on UMBC's active roster, only Jake Wasco remains a question mark health-wise, as he is day-to-day with an ankle injury suffered in practice on Feb. 15. Sophomore guard Chris De La Rosa, who leads the America East with 5.1 assists per game, scored 23 points and added seven assists in the win over the Wildcats, while running mate Chauncey Gilliam (13.5 ppg) has scored in double figures in 12 consecutive games.
CATAMOUNTS UPDATE: Vermont has won eight of nine games entering the tournament and concluded the season with a 78-69 win over Binghamton on Feb. 28. Two-time America East Player of the Year senior forward Marqus Blakely is averaging 17.4 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Senior guard Maurice Joseph (14.3 ppg) has hit a robust 38 percent (70 of 184) of his shots from behind the arc.