Men's Basketball Looks To Defend Perfect Home Record Vs. Quinnipiac

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THE STARTING FIVE

1. Defending The Dog House
UAlbany and Quinnipiac go head-to-head on Friday, Dec. 21 at the SEFCU Arena for the fifth time in program history. The series is tied at two wins a piece, with the Bobcats winning the last two contests. UAlbany is currently undefeated at SEFCU (4-0) this season, averaging a season-best 70.5 points per game and shooting 47.0 percent from the floor and 42.0 percent from behind the arc.

2. One Of The Nation's Best
Fifth-year senior guard Jacob Iati is just getting warmed up to begin the 2012-13 season. Through 11 games, Iati has hit 41 three's which stands tied-for 3rd best in the nation. He is not just shooting bad three's, as his 47.1 percent shooting percentage (41-87) shows that he is shooting from where he knows he can make them (18th in the nation). The York, Pa. native has hit at least one three-pointer in 19-straight games.

3. Wrapping Up NEC Foes
The Great Danes have faced two Northeast Conference opponents earlier this season, Wagner and St. Francis (Brooklyn). Both contests have been decided by less than five points with UAlbany coming out victorious, vs. Wagner (66-63) and vs. St. Francis (77-73).

4. Hooley's Helping Hand
Redshirt-freshman guard Peter Hooley has been one of the key players off the bench. Following the first two of the season with limited minutes, Hooley has been a threat, both on the scoring end and assisting end. In the past nine games, the Hahndorf, Southern Austrailian native is averaging 8.7 points and 3.2 assists per game. The redshirt-freshman guard has been efficient handling the ball, tallying a team-best 2.8-to-1 assists-to-turnover ratio.

5. The Climb Continues
With its lone win over South Carolina State (70-61) and stringing along six straight wins, the Great Danes were honored by being bumped two more spots to No. 21 in the Top-25 College Insider's Mid-Major poll on Monday, Dec. 17. The 20th spot is the highest ranking UAlbany has received since entering Division I.