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UAlbany Men's Basketball Hosts Reigning AE Champion Vermont

UAlbany Sports Information   02-07-2018

ALBANY, N.Y. – The UAlbany men’s basketball team is set for a rematch against the reigning America East champion, hosting Vermont on Thursday, February 8th at 7 p.m. in the SEFCU Arena on ESPNU.

For ticket information for UAlbany basketball games, fans may contact the UAlbany ticket office at 518-442-DANE or ualbanysports.com/tickets.

The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU with Kevin Brown and Dino Gaudio on the call.  Rodger Wyland and Brian Mariano will have the radio call on 104.5 the Team.

With six games to go in America East play, this will be UAlbany’s last home game until February 24th, with three road contests upcoming.  This is also a rematch of the 2017 America East title game.

UAlbany has won its last two games, coming off an 83-74 home win over New Hampshire on Saturday night to go to fourth place in the America East at 6-4 and 18-7 overall.  Vermont has won 30 straight America East games and has a 12-game winning streak, last an 81-53 road win over UMBC, to come in at 9-0 in the league and 19-5 overall.

This is the second meeting between UAlbany and Vermont in the last two weeks.  On January 24th, Vermont won 61-50 in the first meeting of the season for its fourth straight win in the series.  Vermont leads the all-time series 26-14.

KEYBANK KEYS TO VICTORY (#KEYBANKKEYS):
--Defense!: UAlbany held Vermont to its season-low 61 points last time.
--Second Half Attack: UAlbany has scored more points in the second half than the first in 9-of-10 league games.
--Backcourt Buckets: Joe Cremo and David Nichols combined are averaging 31.4 points a game in the last five contests.

JUNIOR DUO 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 1,333 career points, having averaged 14.3 points per game in his career.

David Nichols joined the 1,000-point club on January 24th with 11 points at Vermont.  His 1,034 career points includes 625 in the 2016-17 year, the second-highest single season in UAlbany history.

Along with Cremo and Nichols, 11 UAlbany players have scored over 1,000 points in the DI era.

CREMO’S CONSTANT CHARITY: Joe Cremo, currently in his junior season, has a chance to go down as the top free throw shooter in program history.  He stands 8th all-time with 341 free throws made and 10th all-time with 398 free throws attempted for a career percentage of 85.9%, currently the best in UAlbany history.

STEADY STIRE: A former walk-on turned scholarship player, Greig Stire has been one of the constants in the UAlbany lineup the last four seasons.  Stire is fifth in UAlbany history with 125 total games played and tied for fourth with 92 starts.  With 671 career rebounds, he is 25 boards away from being in the top-10 in rebounds in UAlbany history.

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 21 of 25 games this season, averaging 15.0 points per contest and shooting 55.9% from the field.  He is also averaging 5.4 boards a contest.

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 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.

SCOUTING VERMONT: Vermont has the best scoring margin in the America East at +9.8 off the top scoring defense at 65.5 points allowed a game.  Reigning AE Player of the Year senior guard Trae Bell-Haynes shoots 50.4% for 14.5 points and four assists per game.  Senior Peyton Henson averages 12.3 points and 5.6 boards a game while junior Ernie Duncan shoots 41% from three for 11.4 points a contest.

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