Men's Basketball Squares Off With Stony Brook On ESPN3
THE STARTING FIVE
1. Emerging In-State Rivalry
UAlbany (16-6, 5-3 America East) hosts its New York conference rival Stony Brook (15-5, 6-1 America East) on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at SEFCU Arena on ESPN3. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. Eric Frede will have the play-by-play duties and Frank Sullivan will accompany as the color analyst for ESPN3. This is the 59th meeting between the two programs with the Great Danes holding the 34-24 advantage in the all-time series, while the Seawolves lead 17-12 in Division I meetings.
2. Defensive Tussle
UAlbany and Vermont played a defensive 40 minutes of college basketball on Saturday, Jan. 26 at SEFCU Arena. Both teams combined for a total of 93 points with UVM coming out on top, 50-43. The Great Danes forced 12 turnovers and the Catamounts tallied seven blocks with each team only recording three three-pointers.
3. Still A Top 3-Point Shooter
Fifth-year senior guard Jacob Iati, despite being held to 0-of-6 shooting from behind-the-arc against UVM, is still one of the top 3-point shooters in the nation. Iati has tallied 63 three-pointers this season, which is 11th best in the nation. His 63 three-pointers have currently landed him eighth all-time at UAlbany for made three-pointers in a season in the Division 1 era. He is one behind Rhasheed Peterson (64) for seventh and five behind current assistant coach and older brother Jon Iati (68) for sixth all-time.
4. Slow Starter
Senior guard Mike Black has seen better days shooting the basketball in his four seasons at UAlbany. However, Black is scoring down the stretch when the team needs him the most. In the past three games, the Chicago, Ill. native has scored 39 points and 32 of his points have come in the second half or overtime.
5. 2-0 On Tuesday
The Great Danes play their third Tuesday game this season against Stony Brook on Jan. 29. UAlbany has had two memorable Tuesday contests earlier this season with wins over the University of Washington in Seattle, 63-62, on a last-second layup by Black and its largest scoring margin, plus-28, over South Carolina State in which the team made 15 three-pointers in that contest.