UAlbany Men's Basketball Meets at Vermont in AE Title Rematch
BURLINGTON, Vt. – The UAlbany men’s basketball team will return to the site of the 2017 America East title game, taking on Vermont on Wednesday, January 24th at 7 p.m. in Burlington.
The game will be broadcast online via AE on ESPN3 as well as on the radio in the Albany area on 104.5 the Team.
This is a rematch of last year’s America East conference title game, with then 1-seed Vermont edging 3-seed UAlbany 56-53 on March 11th.
This game will wrap up the first half of America East play for UAlbany, which begins the second half on Saturday.
UAlbany earned its second straight win, and fourth in five games, on Sunday with a dominant 83-39 victory vs. UMBC. The Great Danes are tied for fourth place in the America East with a 4-3 league and 16-6 overall record. Vermont has won nine consecutive games, the last a 76-53 road victory over Hartford on Sunday, to hold first place in the America East at 6-0 and 16-5 overall.
With Vermont winning all three matchups last season, the Catamounts lead the all-time series 25-14.
KEYBANK KEYS TO VICTORY (#KEYBANKKEYS):
--Ride the Wave: UAlbany has won four of its last five games.
--Guard the Three: Vermont leads the AE with a 41.3% 3-FG rate.
--Walking Bucket Go: Travis Charles has scored at least 16 points his last five games.
UALBANY RANKED #20 MID-MAJOR IN NATION: UAlbany is ranked #20 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 on January 22nd, 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 1,280 career points, having averaged 14.4 points per game in his career. Cremo earned the 1,000-point mark in 74 games played.
David Nichols currently has 991 points, including 625 in the 2016-17 year, the second-highest single season in UAlbany history. Nichols is nine 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.
HOT SHOOTING TEAM: Through 22 games in the season, UAlbany stands with the highest scoring offense in the America East, earning 76.3 points per game, including eight 80+ point games and a 46.8% field goal rate. Vermont is second in scoring offense with 76 points a game.
Currently, Joe Cremo (17.4 ppg), Travis Charles (15.4 ppg) and David Nichols (14.8 ppg) are all in the top-nine in the America East in scoring.
UALBANY PREDICTED TO FINISH 2ND IN AMERICA EAST PRESEASON POLL: UAlbany 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 was unanimously picked to finish first in the league with eight first-place votes and 64 points.
THE WALKING BUCKET: Nicknamed the “Walking Bucket” by head coach Will Brown after the win over Colgate, Travis Charles has earned double digit points in 19 of 22 games this season, averaging 15.4 points per contest and shooting 58.6% from the field. He is also averaging 5.5 boards a contest.
STREAKS: Greig Stire has earned at least one board in each of the past 93 games, including a single game record 15 rebounds at Hartford on January 22nd, 2017.
Joe Cremo has scored points in each of his last 88 games going back to Nov. 19, 2015. Cremo has also dished out at least one assist in each of the past 52 games. David Nichols, scoring in each game all of 2016-17, is on a 59-game scoring streak. Stire has scored in 47 consecutive games while Travis Charles has a 42-game scoring streak.
SCOUTING VERMONT: Vermont stands at #14 in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Poll. With leading scorer Anthony Lamb injured, senior guard Trae-Bell Haynes runs the point with a team-high 13.8 points and 4.3 assists per game. Senior forward Payton Henson gets 12.3 points and 5.4 boards a game while junior Ernie Duncan shoots 43.1% from three for 11.7 points a contest.