UAlbany Men's Basketball Starts Two-Game Road Trip at Maine
BANGOR, Maine – The UAlbany men’s basketball team plays its next two America East contests on the road, beginning with a Saturday, January 13th noon matinee at Maine.
The game will be broadcast online on AE on ESPN3, plus will be on the radio in the Albany area on 104.5 the Team.
UAlbany’s next two games, and four of the next six, are on the road. Also, with a noon tip, this is the earliest start for a game this season for UAlbany.
UAlbany earned its first conference victory with a 78-65 home win over rival Stony Brook on Wednesday night, improving to 13-5 overall and 1-2 in the America East. Maine fell in its conference home opener on Wednesday night to UMBC 72-67 to enter Saturday at 4-14 overall and 1-2 in the league.
UAlbany swept the season series against Maine last year, winning in Bangor 74-56 on February 19th and in Albany on January 22nd 81-63. UAlbany has won the last three meetings, and nine of the last 10, to lead the all-time series vs. Maine 21-13.
KEYBANK KEYS TO VICTORY (#KEYBANKKEYS):
--Rebound!: UAlbany has a +7.6 rebounding margin to Maine’s -2.4.
--Defense Time: UAlbany is playing the lowest scoring team in the league; Maine scores 66.6 points a game.
--Contain Calixte: Maine’s Aaron Calixte shoots 48% on field goals, 90% from free throw line.
UALBANY RANKED #23 MID-MAJOR IN NATION: UAlbany is ranked #23 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 on January 8th, released every Monday. UAlbany is also the top-ranked mid-major team in the state of New York and second in the America East. UAlbany has stood in the top-10 each of the five weeks this year.</pP
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 1,214 career points, having averaged 14.3 points per game in his career. Cremo earned the 1,000-point mark in 74 games played.
David Nichols currently has 947 points, including 625 in the 2016-17 year, the second-highest single season in UAlbany history. Nichols is 53 points away from 1,000.
Along with Cremo, ten UAlbany players have scored over 1,000 points in the DI era.
BOX OUT!: Through 18 games, UAlbany has outrebounded its opponents in all but three games, standing with the second-best rebounding margin in the America East at +7.6, and 25th in all of Division I. First in the league is New Hampshire at +9.2. Greig Stire (8.1), Travis Charles (5.4) and Alex Foster (5.1) stand in the top-15 in the America East in rebounding.
HOT SHOOTING TEAM: Through 18 games in the season, UAlbany stands with the third highest scoring offense in the America East, earning 76.4 points per game, including six 80+ point games and just 0.7 points from the top spot, with a 47.2% field goal rate.
STREAKS: Greig Stire has earned at least one board in each of the past 89 games, including a single game record 15 rebounds at Hartford on January 22nd, 2017.
Joe Cremo has scored points in each of his last 84 games going back to Nov. 19, 2015. Cremo has also dished out at least one assist in each of the past 48 games. David Nichols, scoring in each game all of 2016-17, is on a 55-game scoring streak. Stire has scored in 43 consecutive games while Travis Charles has a 38-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 MAINE: Maine’s top shooter is the lone Black Bear to average double figure points: junior guard Aaron Calixte shoots 48.2% from the field and 90% on the line for 15.8 points and 2.9 assists per game. Sophomore forward Andrew Fleming is the only other player to start all 18 games, averaging 8.4 points and a team-best 5.2 rebounds per contest.