UAlbany Looks to Improve In Conference Standing on Saturday Against Hartford

UAlbany Sports Information   01-27-2012
UAlbany Athletics

 UAlbany (13-9, 5-3 AE)

at Hartford (4-14, 4-4 AE)


 Saturday, Jan. 28 at 4:00 p.m. (ET)


 West Hartford, Conn. | Chase Family  Arena 


 Ticket Info


 FOX Sports 980




Live Stats


Game Notes

 Hartford notes | UAlbany notes

Albany, N.Y.- UAlbany (13-9, 4-3 AE) looks to improve on the road against Hartford (4-14, 4-4 AE) in the Chase Family Arena. The Great Danes try to improve their 1-3 record on the road in the conference. Saturday's game can be heard on Fox Sports 980 on WOFX-AM in Albany. Rodger Wyland will handle the play-by-play and will be assisted by Zach Bye with the color analysis.

• UAlbany has proven that the saying "Home Sweet Home" is true. The Great Danes haven't lost a game in SEFCU Arena (8-0) and a big part of that is they are averaging 80.4 points per game there, while holding opponents to a season-best 66.2 points per game. On the flipside, UAlbany has found it tough winning on the road with key conference losses to Stony Brook (81-68),Boston U. (70-57), Vermont (73-69) and overall is 5-9 away from SEFCU. The Great Danes haven't struggled that bad on offense on the road as they average 69.7 points per game but the defense is having a tough time giving up an average of 73.3 points per game.

Scouting Hartford
• Hartford started out the season 0-14 and looked to be out of the race for the America East Conference title. But winners of three of the last five games and four wins total in the conference have put the Hawks in fifth place and a game behind UAlbany. Two of Hartford's four wins came at home (UMBC,74-57, and UNH, 56-49) and by an average of 12 points.

• The Hawks' offense is averaging 59.7 points per game while holding the opponents to 69.2 points on defense. Hartford has played better at home scoring 61.4 points per game (+1.7) and lowered its average of allowing points to 66.1 (+2.9).

Series History
• UAlbany leads Hartford in the all-time series 14-8. The Great Danes took the first game at home this season, 88-63 on Jan. 2. Sophomore center John Puk had his best game of the season up to this point versus the Hawks recording seven points and 11 rebounds.

• The Great Danes have struggled lately in the Chase Family Arena, having lost their last three games by an average of 12 points. UAlbany is 4-6 overall at the Chase Family Arena.

Hartford Players to Watch
• The Hawks have two players that are averaging double-digit points on the season.
• Andres Torres is Hartford's team leader in scoring with 11.8 ppg, shooting 38.5 percent from the floor (67-174)
• Torres' scoring has gone up in conference play as he is averaging 13.5 points per game in America East contests
• Wes Cole, the Hawks' 6-foot freshman guard, is averaging 10.3 points per game coming off the bench

Last Time Out
• The Great Danes got back to their winning ways against Binghamton, 74-68.
• Gerado Suero had a game-high 25 points and seven rebounds
• Mike Black continues to log in extensive minutes and still score by tallying 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists




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