UAlbany Men's Basketball Plays First AE Road Game at UNH
DURHAM, N.H. – The UAlbany men’s basketball team looks to return to its winning ways on Saturday, January 6th, heading north to New Hampshire for a 1 p.m. game in Durham.
The game will be broadcast from the Lundholm Gymnasium on AE on ESPN3. In addition, Brian Mariano will have the radio call on 104.5 the Team.
UAlbany is playing in its first America East road game while New Hampshire is playing its first conference home game of the season.
Each side fell in its conference opener on Wednesday. UAlbany, picked to finish second in the America East in the preseason coaches poll, fell vs. Hartford 72-64 at home to go to 12-4 overall and 0-1 in the league. New Hampshire, placed fifth in the preseason coaches poll, was defeated in a 71-67 game at UMBC on Wednesday, entering at 4-11 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
Last season, each team won on its opponent’s home floor, with UAlbany taking the last meeting 69-55 in Durham on February 8, 2017 and UNH winning at SEFCU 75-67 on January 11, 2017. UAlbany leads the all-time series 22-15, including taking nine of the last 12 meetings.
KEYBANK KEYS TO VICTORY (#KEYBANKKEYS):
--Crash the Glass: This game features top-2 rebounding teams in the league. UAlbany +8.4, UNH +8.6.
--Score!: These two teams have combined for 15 80+ point games this year.
--Nichols Leads: David Nichols combined for 37 points vs. UNH last season.
UALBANY RANKED #4 MID-MAJOR IN NATION: UAlbany is ranked #4 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 on January 2nd, released every Monday. UAlbany is also the top-ranked mid-major team in the state of New York and in the America East. UAlbany has stood in the top-10 each of the past three weeks.
CREMO JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB: With a 30-point performance vs. Holy Cross on November 25th, Joe Cremo surpassed the career 1,000-point mark. Cremo now stands with 1,184 career points, having averaged 14.1 points per game in his career. Cremo earned the 1,000-point mark in 74 games played.
David Nichols currently has 919 points, including 625 in the 2016-17 year, the second-highest single season in UAlbany history. Nichols is 81 points away from 1,000.
Along with Cremo, ten UAlbany players have scored over 1,000 points in the DI era.
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.
BOX OUT!: Through 16 games, UAlbany has outrebounded its opponents in all but two games, standing with the second-best rebounding margin in the America East at +8.4, and 19th in all of Division I. Auburn is the only team to outrebound their opponents in all games to begin the year. First in the league is New Hampshire at +8.6. Greig Stire (8.2) and Travis Charles (5.6) stand in the top-10 in the America East in rebounding.
STREAKS: Greig Stire has earned at least one board in each of the past 87 games, including a single game record 15 rebounds at Hartford on January 22nd, 2017.
Joe Cremo has scored points in each of his last 82 games going back to Nov. 19, 2015. Cremo has also dished out at least one assist in each of the past 46 games. David Nichols, scoring in each game all of 2016-17, is on a 53-game scoring streak. Stire has scored in 41 consecutive games while Travis Charles has a 36-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 NEW HAMPSHIRE: Ranked second all-time at UNH in career scoring with 1,676 points, senior forward Taylor Leissner shoots 46.1% for 19.7 points and 8.2 boards a game. The next leading scorer is senior forward Iba Camara, the league’s top rebounder with 10.3 boards and 9.9 points a contest. Freshman Elijah Jordan runs the floor at 6.7 points and four assists per game.