Record: (20-12, 13-5 Patriot)
RPI: 124 (.520)
BPI: 137 (46.0)
Conference: Patriot League
How They Qualified: Automatic Bid (won Patriot League Tournament)
Seven weeks into the season and it did not look like it was going to be a pleasant year for the American Eagles. They had just started the season out to a dismal 3-7 record and were looking for anything to try and right the sinking ship that was their season. Then, as if their prayers were answered by some sentient being, the Eagles hit a stretch of games with a hot streak like none other. The Eagles managed to win eleven straight games, ten of those being conference wins, all by an average of twelve points.
American wound up losing 5 games near the end of the season and finished with a record of 17-12 going into the Patriot League Tournament. Despite that decent record, they were the two seed for the Patriot League and had a good shot at winning the tournament, seeing as they had already handled conference play well, even demolishing the one seed Boston University earlier in the season as part of the eleven game winning streak.
In the Patriot League Tournament, American first faced off against the seven seed, Colgate. After beating them by nine, they defeated the three seed Holy Cross by eleven. They made it all the way to the championship game to face the one seeded Boston U and wound up dispatching them in a fashion similar to a match-up earlier on in the season.
What You Need to Know
Leading Scorer: Jesse Reed – 13.9 points per game
Leading Rebounder: Tony Wroblicky– 7.3 rebounds per game
Leading Passer: Darius Gardner – 4.2 assists per game
Bad Losses: Colgate, @ George Mason, @ Loyola (MD)
Good Wins: Boston University (twice)
What to Expect
Despite everything, the fact of the matter is that American is more than likely going to be a fifteen seed. Lunardi currently has them facing off against Villanova in the first round and I just cannot see them having any chance at winning that game. Villanova–or any two seed for that matter–are leaps and bounds ahead of American. Even though they likely won’t make it out of the first round, American should be proud to be a great representative of the Patriot League in the big dance.
Congratulations to American University! They are going dancing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009!