UAlbany Menís Basketball Hosts New Hampshire in Conference Home Opener on Wednesday Night
ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany men’s basketball team has returned to the SEFCU Arena for its conference home opener, hosting New Hampshire on Wednesday, January 11th at 7 p.m.
The game will air online for free by AE on ESPN3. In addition, the contest will air on the radio locally on 104.5 the Team.
Tickets for the game are available through the UAlbany ticket office at ualbanysports.com/tickets and at 518-442-DANE.
This is UAlbany first home game in its third contest of America East competition. It is the first of four home games in the next 14 days.
UAlbany is looking to snap a two-game losing streak, falling at Stony Brook 72-70 on Sunday for an 9-8 overall and 0-2 America East record. New Hampshire has not played since Thursday, falling at home to Stony Brook 59-56, to stand 9-6 overall and 0-1 in the America East.
The two sides split the regular season series last year, with each winning at home. In the last meeting, UNH won 69-68 on February 11, 2016 in Durham, snapping a five-game winning streak by the Great Danes against the Wildcats. Winning eight of the last 10 meetings, UAlbany leads the all-time series 21-14 against New Hampshire.
UAlbany has won its last six conference home openers dating back to the 2010-11 season and 10 of the last 11. Under Will Brown, UAlbany is 10-5 in America East home openers.
THE DYNAMIC DUO: Joe Cremo and David Nichols had been a strong scoring pair this season, with each standing in the top-10 in the America East. Between the two, they have 12 20+ point games and a combined 30 double digit scoring contests this season.
SAME STARTING FIVE: UAlbany has played the same starting five in 16 out of 17 games this season. Joe Cremo, Marqueese Grayson, David Nichols, Mike Rowley and Greig Stire have been the starters in all but one game this year.
BOX OUT!: UAlbany is 11th in all of Division I in rebounding margin, averaging 9.2 rebounds more than their opponents. It is almost one-and-a-half rebounds more per game than New Hampshire, second in the league.
All told, UAlbany has outrebounded its opponents in 13 out of 17 games and has only once been outrebounded by more than three in a game. UAlbany is 8-5 this season when it has more rebounds than its opponent.
WILL BROWN APPROACHING 250 WINS AT UALBANY: Into his 16th season with the team, Will Brown is just two wins away from 250 as the head coach at UAlbany. He stands with a career record of 248-232, including five America East Tournament titles and seven seasons with at least 19 victories.
The longest active tenured coach in the league, Brown ranks fourth all-time in victories as coach of an America East. He is one victory away from tying for third with Dennis Wolff, who had 249 victories with Boston University from 1995 to 2009.
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, who scored points in every game last season, stands with a 66-game scoring streak, dating back to January 22, 2015. He has also grabbed at least one rebound each of the past 83 games, including the entire 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
The first guard off the bench last season, Joe Cremo has scored points in each of his last 48 games going back to Nov. 19, 2015.
On the rebounding front, Greig Stire has earned at least one board in each of the past 53 games.
SCOUTING NEW HAMPSHIRE: New Hampshire stands with the top scoring defense in the America East, allowing 63.3 points per game. Currently in the top-5 in the league in scoring and rebounding, junior forward Taylor Leissner averages 16.1 points and 7.9 boards per game. Senior guard Jaleen Smith is also in the top-10 in the league in each category with 15.4 points and 7.3 rebounds a contest.