UAlbany Men’s Basketball Takes Three-Game Win Streak to Maine on Sunday Afternoon
BANGOR, Maine – The UAlbany men’s basketball team will look to make it four straight victories, playing the first of two road games in a row at Maine on Sunday, February 19th at 2 p.m. at the Cross Insurance Center.
The game will be broadcast online via AE on ESPN3. In addition, Rodger Wyland will have the radio call in the Albany area on 104.5 the Team.
UAlbany has won its last three to take sole possession of third place in the America East, coming off a 78-69 home win over UMBC on Wednesday, to stand at 17-11 overall and 8-5 in the league. Maine is looking to snap a three-game losing streak, coming off a 64-51 defeat at UNH on Wednesday, for a 6-23 overall and 2-12 America East tally for ninth place in conference play.
Back on January 22nd, UAlbany defeated Maine at the SEFCU Arena 81-63. UAlbany has won the last two meetings, and eight of the last nine, to lead the all-time series against Maine 20-13.
Since starting 0-3 in the league, UAlbany has gone 8-2 in America East play, including all four of the road games. With three games to go in the America East regular season, UAlbany has one home and two road contests.
SWITCHING LINEUPS: UAlbany played the same starting five in 17 of the first 18 games this season: Joe Cremo, Marqueese Grayson, David Nichols, Mike Rowley and Greig Stire. The last 10 games, Devonte Campbell entered the starting lineup for Grayson; UAlbany is 8-2 in those contests.
BOX OUT!: UAlbany is 12th in all of Division I in rebounding margin, averaging 7.9 rebounds more than their opponents. It is almost two rebounds more per game than New Hampshire, second in the league.
All told, UAlbany has outrebounded its opponents in 22 out of 28 games and has only twice been outrebounded by more than three in a game.
NO REST FOR CREMO: Joe Cremo is the America East leader in minutes per game, and top-50 in all of Division I, staying on the floor for 35.5 minutes per contest. He has played at least 31 minutes in all but two games this season, including 22 games with at least 35 minutes of playing time. On the court, the sophomore stands in the top-12 in the America East in points, rebounds, assists and steals per game.
David Nichols also is in the top-10 in the America East in minutes per game, playing 33.3 minutes a contest. No other Great Dane plays over 30 minutes a game.
SIX WINNING LEAGUE SEASONS IN A ROW: UAlbany has earned a winning record in America East play each of the past six seasons starting in the 2010-11 year, including a combined 28-4 tally from 2015-16. UAlbany has earned nine winning seasons in America East play in the last 11 under Will Brown.
STREAKS: Mike Rowley has grabbed at least one rebound each of the past 94 games, including the entire 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. On January 29, 2017, he snapped a 71-game scoring streak at Hartford, dating back to January 22, 2015.
The first guard off the bench last season, Joe Cremo has scored points in each of his last 59 games going back to Nov. 19, 2015. Cremo has also dished out at least one assist in each of the past 23 games. but snapped a 58-game rebounding streak on February 15, 2017.
David Nichols has also scored each game this year and is on a 30-game scoring streak, but lost a 22-game assist streak on February 15, 2017.
On the rebounding front, Greig Stire has earned at least one board in each of the past 64 games, including a single game record 15 rebounds at Hartford on January 22nd.
NO PLACE LIKE.....THE ROAD?: UAlbany has earned a slightly better record in America East play this season on the road. The Great Danes are 4-2 in America East road games vs. 4-3 in conference home games this year. Overall, UAlbany is 7-6 away from SEFCU.
SCOUTING MAINE: Maine is last in the America East in scoring offense at 65.5 points per game. Junior guard Wes Myers is fifth in the America East in scoring, averaging 16.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest. Freshman forward Andrew Fleming gets 10.3 points and 6.5 boards a game while sophomore guard Ryan Bernstein runs the floor with 3.9 points and three assists a contest.