Conference play opens up this weekend. Lets take a look at where everyone is at.
Lake Erie - Coming off an impressive victory over D2 Edinboro, the Storm head north to take on Medaille and Hilbert, both of which should be easy victories. Lake Erie is led by conference Preseason Player of the Year Jajcen Harris, and his 7.5 pts and 4.5 rebounds. The backcourt of Richardson and Williams with Washington off the bench is as good as there is in D3.
LaRoche will also make the trip up to Buffalo this weekend. Sophomore sensation Devin Taylor, the AMCC newcomer of the year last season, has not played in the Redhawks first two games. If he sits out this weekend, LaRoche will have to rely on a mainly perimeter attack led by senior Stacey Grady, averaging 19.0 pts/gm.
Medaille is again struggling this year, and are winless in its last 28 games. James McNeil is averaging 22.3 ppg, but is also averaging 23 attempts per game as well. Look for the Mavs to continue their losing ways. They are getting better, though.
The Hawks of Hilbert have been competitive in their first three games, losing in overtime at Hobart and on a buzzer beater at Keuka. Hilbert, coming off a surprising 10 win season a year ago, have received some nice production from a pair of newcomers inside. Corey VanderSluis is averaging 16.0 and 7.3 boards and Ron Dussett is contributing 7.3 and 7.7. I believe they have a good chance to beat LaRoche on Friday, but will have its hands full on Saturday.
Penn State Behrend takes its unblemished record on the road to Frostburg State and Pitt-Greensburg. 6-7 center Kevin Buczynski is a force down low for the Lions, and David Gahan gives the team a potent 1-2 punch down low.
Frostburg State has played 5 games already this season and have been pretty successful thus far. A quartet of players average in double-figures, led by Daniel Ryley's 17.0. The Bobcats should beat Pitt-Bradford, but will have a tough time against the Behrend "system".
Greensburg also takes on Bradford and Behrend this weekend. Losing last sesaon's POY Kevin Conlon has slowed the Bobcats down a bit, but they are still a dangerous bunch with Mr. Everything Duke Cooper running the show. Cooper is averaging 15.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per contest, should contend for all-AMCC recognition and has a good shot at becoming the second consecutive Greensburg player voted MVP of the league.
Pitt Bradford enters conference play averaging a ridiculous 97.8 PPG as a team, as a result of facing both Marietta and Westminster, who like to play uptempo (think Aloysius). Junior Ryan Race showed glimpses of his potential last season, but this year has exploded. He leads the conference with a 27.6 scoring average, more than doubling his average of a year ago. I'm not sold on Bradford yet, because they haven't really played anyone with a normal gameplan and won. We shall see.
Mt. Aloysius and Penn State Altoona play in a matchup of impressive swing players. Tyler Franklin and Roman Mims are two of the most talented players in the AMCC, and that matchup alone would be worth watching this game.
Good luck to all schools.