Men's Basketball Prepares For Battle Against Navy In Annapolis
THE STARTING FIVE
1. UAlbany Heads South To Battle Navy
UAlbany travels south to Maryland to face-off against the Midshipmen of Navy on Friday, Dec. 28 at Alumni Hall. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. This is the second meeting the two programs, with the Great Danes taking the first meeting last season. UAlbany played Navy on Nov. 25, 2011 at the SEFCU Arena, taking the contest by seven, 69-62.
2. Minor Speed Bump
The Great Danes, having won the previous six games, fell to the Bobcats of Quinnipiac on a last-minute bucket on Friday, Dec. 21 at SEFCU Arena. The loss ended UAlbany's unbeaten streak at home this season of four. However, the Great Danes have bounced back from their previous two losses with impressive road win (vs. Washington in Seattle and vs. South Carolina State by 28).
3. Rowley Just Rollin' Along
With Mike Black and Jacob Iati limited vs. Quinnipiac, sophomore forward Sam Rowley led the Great Danes with 15 points and seven rebounds. In all 12 games, Rowley has made at least one basket and one rebound. In five of the 12 games, the Sydney, Australia native has either led or tied-with the most rebounds in a game for the team.
4. Global Warming In December
With the winter coming into Albany and snow coming down, the Great Danes have been rolling through the first five games in the month. UAlbany has won four of its first five games in the month of the December. The Great Danes have won equally on the road as they have at home in the their four wins during the month
5. Remains In Mid-Major Top 25
Following the slip to Quinnipiac, UAlbany dropped four spots to 24th in the College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major poll. This is the fourth consecutive week that the Great Danes are ranked in the poll, which is the longest streak of weeks UAlbany has stayed in.