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UAlbany Men's Basketball Battles Siena for the 2017 Albany Cup

UAlbany Sports Information   12-08-2017

ALBANY, N.Y. – The annual battle for the Albany Cup is on at the Times Union Center on Saturday, December 9th as UAlbany takes on crosstown rival Siena at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the game are available through the Times Union Center box office.  Rides are available to the game via Lyft, see the Albany Cup page for information:

The game will be broadcast on SNY starting at 7:30 p.m. (updated), with the game being broadcast online live on ESPN3.  Rodger Wyland and Brian Mariano will have the radio call on 104.5 the Team from the TU Center.

This game is part of a doubleheader, with the women tipping off at 5 p.m. vs. Siena. It is also the second game for UAlbany in the Gotham Classic.

UAlbany, from the America East, has won three consecutive games, coming off an 84-68 home victory vs. Bryant on Wednesday, to stand at 9-1 overall, its best start since 1993-94.  MAAC-member Siena is coming off an 86-60 defeat at Louisville on Wednesday for a 2-6 overall record.

This is the 17th meeting for the Albany Cup.  UAlbany currently holds the Albany Cup, winning 81-72 on November 27th, 2016 in the SEFCU Arena for its fourth win in the last five meetings.  Siena has won 10 of 16 Albany Cup games and leads the all-time series 34-23.

UAlbany is 1-1 against the MAAC with a win vs. Iona and a defeat at Monmouth.  Siena has not played an America East team yet this year, with a future game scheduled at Vermont.

TOP SHOOTING TEAM IN THE AMERICA EAST: Through 10 games in the season, UAlbany stands with the second highest scoring offense in the America East, earning 82.6 points per game, including six 80+ point games, with a conference best 49.8% field goal rate.

Currently, Joe Cremo (18.3 ppg), David Nichols (17.2 ppg) and Travis Charles (14.3 ppg) are all in the top-15 in the America East in scoring.

UALBANY RANKED #6 MID-MAJOR IN NATION: UAlbany is ranked #6 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25, 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 past three weeks.

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 10 games, UAlbany has outrebounded its opponents in all contests, standing with the best rebounding margin in the America East at +11.1.  UAlbany, Duke and Auburn are the only teams to outrebound their opponents in all games to begin the year.  Second in the league is New Hampshire at +3.8.  Greig Stire (7.3) and Travis Charles (6.0) stand in the top-10 in the America East in rebounding.

FIRST 6-0 START IN DIVISION I, SINCE 1985-86: This season, UAlbany earned its first-ever 6-0 start in its Division I history, the first three wins against opponents picked to finish top three in their respective leagues in the preseason: Iona, Boston University and Yale.  UAlbany’s 9-1 start is the best in its Division I history and top since the 1993-94 season, when UAlbany began the year 18-1.

The last 6-0 start for UAlbany came in the DII era in 1985-86, being achieved in two seasons since 1956-57.

UALBANY TO COMPETE IN GOTHAM CLASSIC: UAlbany will be competing in the in-season round robin tournament Gotham Classic, composing of four games at campus sites.

UAlbany will host Bryant on December 6th to begin the tournament, followed by the Albany Cup vs. Siena on December 9th at the Times Union Center.  UAlbany then has games at Memphis on December 12th and at Louisville on December 20th.

The tournament is headlined by a contest between Memphis and Louisville on December 16th at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  The Gotham Classic has been played since 2012, with UAlbany making its first appearance.

SCOUTING SIENA: Siena earned a trip to the MAAC title game last season, with nine different Saints having at least one start this year.  Preseason All-MAAC Second Team member junior guard Nico Clareth is the team’s leading scorer, shooting 39.2% from three and averaging 16.6 points per game.  Freshman forward Prince Oduro is Siena’s top rebounder, picking up 9.4 points, 5.5 boards and one block per game.

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