UAlbany Men's Basketball Hosts UMBC for Sunday Matinee
ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany men’s basketball team wraps up its two-game homestand on Sunday afternoon, hosting UMBC at SEFCU on January 21st at 2 p.m.
For ticket information for UAlbany basketball games, fans may contact the UAlbany ticket office at 518-442-DANE or ualbanysports.com/tickets.
This game will be broadcast online on AE on ESPN3 plus will be on the radio on 104.5 the Team.
This is UAlbany’s final home game in the month on January. The team’s next two games are on the road, with the next home contest being on February 3rd.
UAlbany has won three of its last four games, last coming off a 70-62 victory over UMass Lowell on Thursday to come in at 15-6 overall and 3-3 in the America East. UMBC is currently on a three-game winning streak, defeating Hartford 78-56 at home on Monday for a 13-7 overall and 4-1 America East record.
UAlbany swept the season series against UMBC last season, winning at home 78-69 on February 15th and in Baltimore 77-50 on January 16th. The Great Danes have won seven consecutive games, and 16 of the last 17, against UMBC for a 24-7 all-time series advantage. UMBC’s last victory came on February 12th, 2014.
KEYBANK KEYS TO VICTORY (#KEYBANKKEYS):
--Hold at Home: UAlbany has a 10-1 home record.
--Guard the Three: UMBC leads Division I with 239 three-point field goals.
--Walking Bucket Go: Travis Charles has scored at least 16 points his last four games.
--Stuyvesant Plaza $5 Vouchers: Visit stores in the Stuyvesant Plaza for $5 game vouchers for all games during the winter break.
UALBANY RANKED #21 MID-MAJOR IN NATION: UAlbany is ranked #21 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 on January 15th, released every Monday. UAlbany is also the second-ranked mid-major team in the state of New York and from the America East. UAlbany has stood in the top-10 five weeks this year.
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 1,272 career points, having averaged 14.5 points per game in his career. Cremo earned the 1,000-point mark in 74 games played.
David Nichols currently has 974 points, including 625 in the 2016-17 year, the second-highest single season in UAlbany history. Nichols is 26 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.
WILL BROWN - 275 VICTORIES AT UALBANY: In his 17th season at the helm of the Great Danes, Will Brown has 275 victories with the program, the most amount of wins in America East history with one team.
He is second all-time in victories in America East history, only behind Bill Herrion, who has 331 wins combined at Drexel and New Hampshire.
Brown has five NCAA Tournament appearances as head coach, tied for the most in America East history with Jim Calhoun, who had five with Northeastern.
SEVEN WINNING LEAGUE SEASONS IN A ROW: UAlbany has earned a winning record in America East play each of the past seven seasons starting in the 2010-11 year, including a combined 28-4 tally from 2015-16. UAlbany has earned 10 winning seasons in America East play in the last 12 years under Will Brown.
UALBANY PLAYERS IN THE RECORD BOOK: A couple of UAlbany players are approaching adding their names to the UAlbany record book.
Joe Cremo stands with 1,272 career points. He is 165 points away from being in the top-10 in UAlbany history, and currently is 5th in the program’s DI history in points. He is also first in career free throw % at 86.5%.
Travis Charles has a chance to set a career record. He currently stands with a 59.6% field goal rate; the UAlbany record is 56.6% by Dick Crossett from 1962-65.
SCOUTING UMBC: UMBC was a CollegeInsider.com Tournament semifinalist last season and leads Division I with 239 three-point field goals. Graduate student guard Jairus Lyles is the top scorer in the America East, averaging 20.9 points and 5.8 rebounds a game. Sophomore forward Arkel Lamar gets 13.4 points and seven rebounds a game, plus shoots 46.8% from three.