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That Anthony Lamb could have played so well while fighting his demons is absolutely amazing. I hope that making his struggle public will help him banish those demons forever and bring him the happiness he has earned and deserves. He should know that every UVM fan thinks the world of him as a player and a person, and this fan at least feels stunned by his revelations.

It should also be said that his mother is a true hero for her unending selfless contributions.
 

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Just read it as well. My jaw was on the floor in parts. What a read.
Wow, what an intense article. For someone who has worked in mental health
for 25+ years, I completely get it. My response is the same, as when it came to light Ernie struggled with depression. Spread the word, mental health impacts everyone. Research the warning signs, learn all you can about how to support individuals with mental health issues. We can make a difference.
 

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Per the statistics maintained by each team, Vermont drew an average of 3,031 per game which ranked 5th in New England for 2019-20 D1 men's basketball home attendance. Providence once again led the region with a mark of 10,064 this past season. In a change from recent years, Vermont surpassed UMass-Amherst for 5th place. The Minutemen, completing their 5th straight losing season, continued to see their attendance decline recording an average of just 2,717 in the 9,493 seat Mullins Center (29% capacity).

NEW ENGLAND MEN'S BASKETBALL D1 HOME ATTENDANCE BY AVERAGE 2019-20
TEAM | GAMES | TOTAL | AVERAGE | LY AVERAGE | DIFF
PROVIDENCE | 16 | 161,029 | 10,064 | 9,542 | 5.5%
UCONN | 17 | 156,389 | 9,199 | 8,652 | 6.3%
URI | 15 | 92,156 | 6,144 | 5,797 | 6.0%
BOSTON COLLEGE | 18 | 97,527 | 5,418 | 5,243 | 3.3%
VERMONT | 16 | 48,501 | 3,031 | 2,693 | 12.5%
UMASS-AMHERST | 16 | 43,477 | 2,717 | 2,792 | -2.7%
FAIRFIELD | 13 | 21,714 | 1,670 | 1,357 | 23.1%
HARVARD | 12 | 17,678 | 1,473 | 1,550 | -5.0%
YALE | 11 | 16,073 | 1,461 | 1,597 | -8.5%
BROWN | 14 | 19,110 | 1,365 | 1,224 | 11.5%
HOLY CROSS | 14 | 19,019 | 1,359 | 1,361 | -0.2%
QUINNIPIAC | 14 | 17,647 | 1,261 | 1,225 | 2.9%
CCSU | 13 | 15,555 | 1,197 | 1,005 | 19.1%
NORTHEASTERN | 13 | 15,419 | 1,186 | 1,117 | 6.1%
MERRIMACK | 12 | 12,473 | 1,039 | - | -
BRYANT | 14 | 14,229 | 1,016 | 752 | 35.1%
UMASS-LOWELL | 17 | 16,368 | 963 | 1,203 | -20.0%
HARTFORD | 17 | 16,131 | 949 | 850 | 11.7%
MAINE | 12 | 10,711 | 893 | 1,009 | -11.5%
DARTMOUTH | 12 | 10,480 | 873 | 827 | 5.6%
BU | 15 | 11,734 | 782 | 735 | 6.4%
SACRED HEART | 13 | 8,140 | 626 | 648 | -3.3%
UNH | 13 | 7,185 | 553 | 383 | 44.3%
TOTAL | 327 | 848,745 | 2,596 | 2,590 | 0.2%

*Note that this was Merrimack's first year competing as a provisional member of D1.
 

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The fight of his life: Vermont's Anthony Lamb opens up about getting through darkness on his way to greatness

This article is both terrifying and amazing all in one. It was a tough one for me to get through. It hits a little too close to home.
I posted this in another thread not realizing it has already been posted.

Reading this was very difficult, Lamb is a superstar in every meaning of the word. Like you, I felt moment of terror reading this...you never know what people are going through.
 

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That Anthony Lamb could have played so well while fighting his demons is absolutely amazing. I hope that making his struggle public will help him banish those demons forever and bring him the happiness he has earned and deserves. He should know that every UVM fan thinks the world of him as a player and a person, and this fan at least feels stunned by his revelations.

It should also be said that his mother is a true hero for her unending selfless contributions.
Not just every UVM fan...at least this Albany fan feels the same. Remarkable human being with no quit in him. Years will pass if I'm fortunate enough but I'll never forget this kid.

 

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Per the statistics maintained by each team, Vermont drew an average of 3,031 per game which ranked 5th in New England for 2019-20 D1 men's basketball home attendance. Providence once again led the region with a mark of 10,064 this past season. In a change from recent years, Vermont surpassed UMass-Amherst for 5th place. The Minutemen, completing their 5th straight losing season, continued to see their attendance decline recording an average of just 2,717 in the 9,493 seat Mullins Center (29% capacity).

NEW ENGLAND MEN'S BASKETBALL D1 HOME ATTENDANCE BY AVERAGE 2019-20
TEAM | GAMES | TOTAL | AVERAGE | LY AVERAGE | DIFF
PROVIDENCE | 16 | 161,029 | 10,064 | 9,542 | 5.5%
UCONN | 17 | 156,389 | 9,199 | 8,652 | 6.3%
URI | 15 | 92,156 | 6,144 | 5,797 | 6.0%
BOSTON COLLEGE | 18 | 97,527 | 5,418 | 5,243 | 3.3%
VERMONT | 16 | 48,501 | 3,031 | 2,693 | 12.5%
UMASS-AMHERST | 16 | 43,477 | 2,717 | 2,792 | -2.7%
FAIRFIELD | 13 | 21,714 | 1,670 | 1,357 | 23.1%
HARVARD | 12 | 17,678 | 1,473 | 1,550 | -5.0%
YALE | 11 | 16,073 | 1,461 | 1,597 | -8.5%
BROWN | 14 | 19,110 | 1,365 | 1,224 | 11.5%
HOLY CROSS | 14 | 19,019 | 1,359 | 1,361 | -0.2%
QUINNIPIAC | 14 | 17,647 | 1,261 | 1,225 | 2.9%
CCSU | 13 | 15,555 | 1,197 | 1,005 | 19.1%
NORTHEASTERN | 13 | 15,419 | 1,186 | 1,117 | 6.1%
MERRIMACK | 12 | 12,473 | 1,039 | - | -
BRYANT | 14 | 14,229 | 1,016 | 752 | 35.1%
UMASS-LOWELL | 17 | 16,368 | 963 | 1,203 | -20.0%
HARTFORD | 17 | 16,131 | 949 | 850 | 11.7%
MAINE | 12 | 10,711 | 893 | 1,009 | -11.5%
DARTMOUTH | 12 | 10,480 | 873 | 827 | 5.6%
BU | 15 | 11,734 | 782 | 735 | 6.4%
SACRED HEART | 13 | 8,140 | 626 | 648 | -3.3%
UNH | 13 | 7,185 | 553 | 383 | 44.3%
TOTAL | 327 | 848,745 | 2,596 | 2,590 | 0.2%

*Note that this was Merrimack's first year competing as a provisional member of D1.
Would be very interesting to see average ticket sale price as well. I imagine UMass is probably giving those tickets away (we know they do for football to meet FBS requirements). Whereas each UVM home game pulls in $60-100k in ticket revenue, and that's to sit on a wooden bleacher.

I've had this discussion before, but I think UVM would really be able to push their numbers up dramatically if they had a 5,000-6,000 seat arena--especially if they had better student promotions. I'm very confident UVM could've pushed attendance over 4,000 consistently during all the regular season and would be able to fill 8,000-seat arena for the conference championship (I'm not at all saying UVM should build 8,000-seat arena to meet peak capacity).

In my estimation I'd say they're building the new arena for less than 50% of peak demand. I still think they should've built for 70-80% of peak demand which would've put us in that 5,000-seat range.
 

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Would be very interesting to see average ticket sale price as well. I imagine UMass is probably giving those tickets away (we know they do for football to meet FBS requirements). Whereas each UVM home game pulls in $60-100k in ticket revenue, and that's to sit on a wooden bleacher.

My thinking is that Umass-Amherst has likely cratered to its low this past season. Five straight losing seasons have really hurt their gate. Their team however has some good young talent, especially A-10 Rookie of the Year Tre Mitchell who just averaged 17.7 ppg (.481 shooting %) and 7.2 rpg. I would think their attendance will start to tick up. It is has been a tough decade in Amherst attendance wise as they have averaged just 3,805 over that time in the 9,343 seat Mullins Center. Their fans only seem to come out when they are doing really well. There is however always potential when there are over 30k total enrolled students with most of them living on or near campus.
 

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Snce this year is now officially over, does anyone want to talk about '20-'21 yet? Davis, Smith and Shungu are set as starters. Powell, Patella and Duncan - I assume two of the three are the other two starters. Which two?
 

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Is this the first year Vermont won the AE championship and went on to not lose a single game during March Madness?
 

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Yes. In fact they will be unbeaten, untied and un-scored upon. No matter how big the asterisk , this team deserves to feel like champions.
I thought for sure this was going to be the year. I've been a UVM fan since 2006 when they inexplicably accepted me to campus. I remember missing the upset versus Syracuse in 2005 when I was looking at schools, because I got home late from a local shift at a Staples and thought Brennan going out with a win was a nice story.

I also vividly remember the trimboli and blakely years, and the strange feeling of watching UVM win a bid from afar v BU but not be able to celebrate it on campus after graduating a semester early when they knocked off BU in 2010.

Was fortunate enough to be somewhat able to rectify that and catch their NCAA games in person versus Purdue and Florida State where they were close to breaking some brackets (still think they would have pulled the upset verse Purdue if Stidel hadn't torn his ACL before halftime).

This year, with Lamb coming back and some high-level transfers coming in, I thought they'd have the talent / depth / coaching / schedule to pull off the long-awaited sequel to Syracuse.

Even after knocking off the dreaded nemisis of UMBC, I thought for sure they'd be fine versus Hartford or Stony Brook at home today. I had planned contingencies for every NCAA spot they might end up at this year (although I love the tournament enough to have gone regardless if UVM had lost today or not depending on where I thought the most entertaining first round games would be).

And of course none of that happened. Which sucks. I guess this is what it feels like living through history. Although if you've taken part of your life to post on a America East basketball forum for the last decade plus, we're probably of the same mindset on that front.

I hope UVM will be back in the same position next year, but I'm not exactly optimistic given Lamb's absence and The unresolved offensive gameplan (to say nothing of Becker's status).

Hopefully the V-Cats figure out their front court issues, and a year from now we're marveling at their 30-4 record and likely 11 seed verse some unsuspecting power conference team. Until then, how many months till the 2021 out of conference schedule arrives? ?

Hope everyone on the message board stays safe, social distances appropriately, and prepares for Stef Smith to win AE player of the year next season.
 

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WOW!!! I just read that article on Anthony Lamb. Mind blowing. In our society you just never know who is struggling. Some of that was difficult to read. Unfortunately these types of issues just don't go away and it makes me scared for him down the road in one of the difficult periods we all go through. I hope his faith and what he has learned over time in how to control these feelings have gotten him over this hump for good. Reading something like this sure puts things into perspective and makes you realize how much we as fans might step back for a minute and not be as critical about game play since we might not know what an individual is going through. Good for him for putting this out there as I hope it helps someone else who also has demons.
 
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