Background: Last season, the Retrievers played 34 games and won 21, second most in program history. They’ve needed only 31 regular-season games to match that total this year. But for all of coach Ryan Odom’s overnight success with the program, one hard truth remains. While the Retrievers went 6-2 against lower-seeded teams in the America East this season, they were swept by top-seeded Vermont, losing by an average of 21.5 points per game. Should UMBC reach the conference final, the defending champion Catamounts might be even better off. Anthony Lamb, last season’s AEC Rookie of the Year, is back from injury.