CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 18: Julian Boyd #42 of the Long Island Blackbirds moves the ball from on the floor in the second half while taking on the North Carolina Tar Heels during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 18, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
The Big East Conference is not the only league in the nation that holds possible NCAA Tournament prospects. SB Nation New York gives an update on the New York-New Jersey BracketBusters for 2012.
The 2012 NCAA Tournament is less than two months away -- yeah, I know! -- and a few New York-New Jersey mid-majors are in heated races for their conference's automatic March Madness bids. Here's an update on the SB Nation New York's favorites to earn a trip the NCAA Tournament.
The Great Danes are in noway a shoo-in, as they are behind Stony Brook and the Boston U. Terriers in the America East standings and have lost to both. Luckily, they play both squads again.
Despite the long odds, SI.com's Andy Glockner still thinks they're going to win the conference title.
On Thursday, Albany travels to the Vermont Catamounts looking to rebound from a Monday night loss to the Terriers, who's currently second in the league standings.
As of Wednesday, junior guard Gerardo Suero was the team's leading scorer and ranked fourth in the nation in points per game (21.6). Suero is coming off his worst game of the season after netting just six points against BU Monday.
The Seawolves are in prime position to earn their first NCAA Tournament bid in program history, as they sit atop of the America East standings. However, Stony Brook a loss to second-place Boston U., Jan. 14, will not help its cause once conference play progresses.
Luckily, the Seawolves host the Terriers, Jan. 27, and could even the season series at 1-1.
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