Men' Basketball Moves Up To 20th In Top-25 Mid-Major Poll


ALBANY, N.Y. - With its lone win over South Carolina State on Wednesday, Dec. 12, the University at Albany men's basketball squad has moved up to 20th in the Top-25 College Insider Mid-Major poll on Monday, Dec. 17. This is the highest top-25 ranking in the mid-major poll since entering Division I in 1999.

The Great Danes were also featured in the a top-25 poll by the BleacherReport, ranked 21st in that mid-major poll.

UAlbany has strung together six consecutive wins to improve to 9-2 overall, which is its best 11-game start in the Division I era. The Great Danes have been efficient both from behind the arc and from the charity stripe. Nationally, UAlbany is 17th from behind the arc, shooting 40.0 percent (84-210) and 48th from the free-throw line, shooting 73.9 percent (170-230).

The Great Dane duo of Mike Black and Jacob Iati have been a huge part to the team's success, averaging a combined 33.8 points per game which is a conference best between two players. UAlbany has also received help from the bench by Peter Hooley and Sam Rowley. Hooley and Rowley seeing just over 20 minutes a game, have combined for 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game.

UAlbany looks to extend its winning streak to seven on Friday, Dec. 21 against Quinnipiac at the SEFCU Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.