UAlbany Men's Basketball Plays Road Game at Former AE Foe Boston University
BOSTON – Fresh off a season opening victory, the UAlbany men’s basketball team heads to an old America East rival, taking on Boston University on Monday, November 13th at 7 p.m. at the Case Gymnasium.
The game will be broadcast online on the Patriot League Network. In addition, Rodger Wyland and Brian Mariano will have the radio call on 104.5 the Team. For those looking to attend the game in Boston, tickets begin at $12.
UAlbany won its conference opener over Iona, the reigning MAAC champion, 69-67 on Friday. Picked to finish second in the America East, UAlbany went 21-14 overall and 10-6 in league play last season. Boston University opened at home against Northeastern on Friday, falling 65-59 to the Huskies. The Terriers were predicted to finish second in the Patriot League, going 18-14 overall and 12-6 in its conference last season.
Former conference rivals in the America East, UAlbany and Boston University meet for the second time since the former left for the Patriot League in 2013. BU won in Boston on November 16, 2015, 69-64 over UAlbany and leads the all-time series 19-8.
UAlbany has three total games scheduled against Patriot League opponents, taking on Holy Cross and Colgate later. BU has future contests against America East opponents Maine, New Hampshire and UMass Lowell.
UALBANY PREDICTED TO FINISH 2ND IN AMERICA EAST PRESEASON POLL: The UAlbany men’s basketball team has been predicted to finish second in the America East Conference in the 2017-18 season in the preseason coaches poll.
UAlbany finished tied for third place last year with a 10-6 record. Finishing 21-14 overall, the Great Danes defeated Hartford and Stony Brook in the AE Tournament to earn a berth in the title game, falling to Vermont.
Vermont, the defending America East champion, was unanimously picked to finish first in the league with eight first-place votes and 64 points. UMBC was predicted at third with 45 points while Stony Brook is at fourth with 38. The rest of the poll is filled out by New Hampshire (37), a tie between Binghamton (29) and UMass Lowell (29), Hartford (16) and Maine (8).
NICHOLS NAMED TO LOU HENSON AWARD WATCH LIST: UAlbany junior guard David Nichols has been named to the 2017-18 Lou Henson Award Preseason Watch List. The Lou Henson Award is given each year to the top Division I mid-major player.
APPROACHING 1,000 POINT MARK: Two UAlbany players are quickly approaching the career 1,000-point mark.
Joe Cremo stands with 908 career points, having averaged 13.2 points per game in his career. He is 92 points away from the milestone.
David Nichols currently has 683 points, including 625 in the 2016-17 year, the second-highest single season in UAlbany history. Nichols is 317 points away from 1,000.
Nine UAlbany players have scored over 1,000 points in the DI era, last reached by Peter Hooley on February 13, 2015.
STREAKS: Greig Stire has earned at least one board in each of the past 72 games, including a single game record 15 rebounds at Hartford on January 22nd, 2017.
Joe Cremo has scored points in each of his last 67 games going back to Nov. 19, 2015. Cremo has also dished out at least one assist in each of the past 31 games. David Nichols, scoring in each game all of 2016-17, is on a 38-game scoring streak. Stire has scored in 26 consecutive games while Travis Charles has a 21-game scoring streak.
BASKETBALL IN ONE HAND, DEGREE IN THE OTHER: Two UAlbany players have earned their undergraduate degree and suit up as graduate students this year. Travis Charles graduated from UAlbany in 2017 with a B.A. in African Studies, while Alex Foster graduated from Bradley in 2017 with a degree in sports communication.
SCOUTING BOSTON UNIVERSITY: Senior guard Cedric Hankerson, a 2015 All-Patriot League player and the leader in scoring among returners, has 10 points and is 14 points away from scoring 1,000 in his career. Sophomore Tyler Scanlon, an All-Rookie Team member in the PL last year, had three assists and three boards in the opener while classmate forward Max Mahoney had 11 points and five boards off the bench.