BOSTON – America East's nine head men's basketball coaches tabbed defending tournament champion UMBC for third place in its 2018-19 preseason poll.
Embarking on its 40th men's basketball season, the league unveiled the poll and five former all-leaguers earning preseason all-conference honors.
Vermont, last year's regular-season champion, received six-first place votes and topped the poll with 62 points while Hartford matched its best ever predicted finish coming in second after earning the other three first-place tallies and 59 points. UMBC earned 44 points, edging Albany and Stony Brook, who tied for fourth with 40 apiece.
2018-19 America East Men's Basketball Preseason Poll
No. School Points (1st Place Votes)
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
The 2018-19 season begins on November 6 with conference play starting on January 5. Conference positioning will again prove key for the #AEPlayoffs. After drawing record-attendance figures each of its first four years, every round of the #AEPlayoffs will take place on the higher seed's home court for the fifth-straight season. The league champion will earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, where America East teams have won nine games all-time, including UMBC a year ago, and is in the midst of its best four-year seeding average since 1999-2002.
Fans will once again be able to watch every #AEHoops home game on The AE on ESPN. The majority of games will air on ESPN+ or ESPN3.