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The good news: The UAlbany women's basketball team is headed to the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight year after winning their conference title yet again.
The not-good news: The Great Danes got a #16 seed and will be facing #1 overall seed UConn in the first round. At UConn's on-campus arena.
The NCAA released the brackets for the tournament Monday. UAlbany will face UConn Saturday at 11 am. The game will be on ESPN2.
To say that UConn is good is an understatement. UConn is the empire, the Death Star of women's college basketball.
The Siena men, and UAlbany men and women, are all close to grabbing a spot in the NCAA basketball tournament this week...
The Siena men's basketball team plays for a spot in the NCAA tournament Monday night at the TU Center in the final of the MAAC tournament. The Saints face Iona at 9 pm. Tickets are $18.50 and up.
Siena got to this spot thanks to a huge 17-point comeback win against #1 seed Monmouth on Sunday. In that game Nico Clareth wrote a line for himself into Siena basketball lore with 27 points -- all in the second half.
Monday's night's conference final will also be on ESPN2.
This quick trick shot video by UAlbany basketball star Imani Tate made us smile.
The UAlbany women's basketball team -- champs of the America East conference, and participants in the NCAA tournament, five years in a row -- starts up its season with an exhibition against New Paltz this Sunday at SEFCU Arena.
The first regular season game of the year is at Kentucky November 12. And the home opener is November 16 vs Army. Tickets are just $7.
The win was even more amazing for the Great Danes considering their superstar senior Shereesha Richards fouled out of the game with more than 6 minutes to go (on a not-great call by the ref). Junior guard Imani Tate was tremendous for UAlbany with 28 points, pulling the team to victory down the stretch.
UAlbany started off the game strong and led 14-12 at the end of the first quarter. But Florida surged in the second quarter to lead 36-22 at the half. The Great Danes steadily chipped away at the margin in the second half, and the Gators fell into a long scoring drought. UAlbany finally took the lead with 1:47 to go on a Heather Forster layup. A putback by Tiana-Jo Carter off a daring drive by Zakiya Saunders with 8 seconds go staked UAlbany to a four-point lead and sealed the game.
Imani Tate's line for game: 28 points on 9-20 shooting (10-14 from the line), 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 5 steals. Shereesha Richards had 14 points in 22 minutes before fouling out.
UAlbany next faces the winner of #4 seed Syracuse and #13 seed Army on Sunday at the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse: The #10 seed Syracuse men's basketball team beat #7 seed Dayton 70-51 Friday afternoon. The Orange play the winner of Michigan State/Middle Tennessee State on Sunday.
The brackets for the NCAA women's basketball tournament are out and UAlbany has its matchup: The #12 seed Great Danes will face #5 seed Florida Gators at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse Friday at noon. The game will be on ESPN2 (and also available via WatchESPN).
As the seeding indicates, a Great Danes win would be an upset. But it might not be that surprising. UAlbany was very competitive in games against big schools such as Tennessee (a #7 seed in this year's tournament). And in last year's NCAA tournament the Great Danes almost pulled the upset against Duke.
UAlbany has been on a remarkable streak of success in recent years. This will be its fifth straight appearance in the NCAA women's basketball tournament. The Great Danes have one of the Capital Region's all-time great college basketball players -- senior forward Shereesha Richards has now scored 2,403 career points (best all time at UAlbany) and is the three-time conference player of the year; she had three straight games of 30+ points in the America East tournament.
The UAlbany women's basketball team is headed back to the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight year after beating Maine 59-58 in the America East conference tournament final at SEFCU Arena Friday afternoon.
Shereesha Richards carried the Great Danes. The three-time conference player of the year scored 31 points on 11-18 shooting (9-10 from the FT line). Maine constantly tried to deny Richards the ball in the post, but she continually fought for position -- and when she got it there, they couldn't stop her.
UAlbany will find out its seed and matchup for the NCAA tournament Monday night when the brackets for women's tournament are announced.
In case you haven't been paying attention:
+ UAlbany senior Shereesha Richards is averaging 24.4 points per game, a rate that ranks third in the nation in women's Division 1 college basketball.
+ Richards is putting up those points while shooting 59 percent from the field, good for 17th in the nation. (We'd love to know what her offensive rating is. Why is there no KenPom for women's college basketball?!)
+ While making all those buckets, Richards is averaging more than 8 rebounds per game (including almost 3 offensive rebounds per game).
+ Richards was named the America East women's basketball player of the week this week. That's the third time she's gotten the honor this season. And the 18th time in her career (a conference record).
+ In the Great Danes' last game -- a 74-70 win over Yale last Wednesday -- Richards had 31 points (on 13-19 shooting from the field) and 12 rebounds. It was the 11th time she's put 30 or more in a game during her career.
The Great Danes women's basketball team -- four-time consecutive conference champion, and 9-3 this year so far -- starts America East play at UMBC this Wednesday. Then they're back home at SEFCU Arena against Vermont this Saturday at 2 pm. Tickets start at just $5 to see one of the best college basketball players in the nation.
The NCAA basketball tournament tips off today, and for the third straight year the field includes the UAlbany men's team. The Great Danes are seeded #14 in the east bracket and they'll face #3 seed Oklahoma Friday at 7:30 pm in Columbus. (The game is on truTV.)
So, what are UAlbany's chances of pulling the upset?
Check it out: Peter Hooley, who hit the game-winning shot over the weekend to send UAlbany to the NCAA tournament, was on SportsCenter yesterday -- actually on the set with Steve Levy and John Buccigross. They talked about Hooley's mother, who died recently from cancer, growing up in Australia, and Albany.
#13 #14 seed, takes on #4 #3 seed Oklahoma Friday at 7:30 in Columbus, Ohio. The game is truTV.
Over at the Washington Post: "Albany's Peter Hooley might just be the NCAA tournament's best story already."
The UAlbany's men's basketball team is back in the NCAA tournament.
The Great Danes claimed their spot Saturday with a last-second three-pointer from Peter Hooley to beat Stony Brook in the final of the America East tournament at SEFCU Arena.
UAlbany got the #14 seed in the east region of the NCAA tournament. It will face #3 seed Oklahoma Friday in Columbus, Ohio at 7:27 pm. The game will be on truTV.
It's the third straight year the UAlbany men have made it to the NCAA tournament.
The UAlbany women's team is headed back to the NCAA tournament for the fourth straight year. The Great Danes claimed their spot with an 84-75 win over Hartford in the America East final on Friday at SEFCU Arena.
Update: The Great Danes got the #13 seed in the Spokane bracket. They'll face #4 seed Duke -- at Duke's famous Cameron Indoor Stadium -- this Friday, March 20 at noon. The game is on ESPN2.
Speaking of the women's tournament: The TU Center is hosting one of the regionals on March 28 and 30.
Both the UAlbany men's and women's basketball teams are set to play for a spot in the NCAA tournament later this week.
The men's team, which won the regular season conference title, will face #2 conference seed Stony Brook this Saturday at 11 am (because TV) at the SEFCU Arena in the title game of the American East conference tournament. The Great Danes beat New Hampshire 60-58 on Sunday in the semifinal. UAlbany and Stony Brook split the conference season series.
Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday at 10 am. The game will also be on ESPN2.
The women's team, which also finished atop the regular season conference standings, will face Hartford at 4:30 pm on Friday at SEFCU Arena (also on ESPNU). The Great Danes demolished UMBC 66-37 in the semifinal to advance to the title game (they held UMBC to just 9 first half points). UAlbany beat Hartford in both regular conference games this year.
Both the men's and women's teams have been a successful run to the NCAA tournament in recent years -- this could be three straight years for the men and the fourth straight year for the women.
Siena? Both the Siena men's and women's teams lost over the weekend in the MAAC tournament at the TU Center. The men's conference championship game is tonight (Monday) at the TU Center -- Iona takes on Manhattan at 9 pm (because it will be on ESPN2). On the women's site, Quinnipiac faces Marist at 4:30 pm at the TU Center (it's also on ESPNU).
The #16 seed UAlbany men's basketball team lost to #1 seed Florida 67-55 in the NCAA tournament's round of 64 Thursday afternoon.
The Great Danes put up a good fight. The two teams traded the lead back and forth through the first half before the Gators took a six point lead into the locker room at halftime. Florida didn't relinquish the lead the rest of the game. (The the score was tied for a bit around the 14 minute mark of the second half.) UAlbany played hard -- it was just up against too much size and strength.
DJ Evans had another stand-out game for the Great Danes. The 5-9 (maybe) guard took a beating going up against the much bigger Gators. But he finished as the game's leading scorer, with 21 points (on 6-12 shooting) with 6 rebounds.
An Albany win would have been a titanic upset. A 16 seed has never beaten a 1 seed. And Florida hadn't lost since December. These match-ups are usually blow outs. UAlbany's 12-point loss was an atypically small margin for a #1 vs. #16 game.
The Great Danes finish the season 19-15, including its "first four" win this week -- the program's first-ever NCAA tournament win.
screengrab: TBS/NCAA March Madness Live
Update: UAlbany lost 67-55 -- but the Great Danes put up a very solid effort. In the context of previous #16 vs. #1 match-ups (see all the stuff below), UAlbany's performance was notably good.
Thursday afternoon the UAlbany men's basketball team will be trying to accomplish something no other college basketball team has done in the NCAA tournament: The Great Danes will be trying to beat a #1 seed as a #16 seed. (The game is scheduled for 4:10 pm in Orlando. It'll be on TBS.)
The odds of UAlbany accomplishing this feat against Florida are... tiny. The overnight update to the FiveThirtyEight tournament projections increased UAlbany's chances -- to 1.23 percent. Vegas has the Great Danes pegged as a 21.5 point underdog.
That's the way the tournament is designed. The teams considered to be the very best in the field are set up to the play the teams considered to be the very weakest.
But some teams have come very close to doing it. Here's a a very quick history of #1 vs. #16.
UAlbany beat Mount St. Mary's 71-64 in its "First Four" NCAA basketball tournament game Tuesday evening in Dayton. The Great Danes now advance to the full field of 64 in which they'll face #1 overall seed Florida as the #16 seed in the south bracket on Thursday.
Tuesday's game was a bit odd. UAlbany jumped out to a 21-2 lead, then Mount St. Mary's went on its own 21-2 run to tie it. The teams were a contrast in styles this season -- the Great Danes ranked #313 in the country for tempo, and the Mount ranked #32. (UAlbany's games featured 7 fewer possessions than Mount games on average this season.)
UAlbany shot well, hitting 57 percent of its field goals and 79 percent of its free throws. The Mount shot just 37 percent from the field But that figure's a bit misleading because its effective field goal percentage -- which accounts for three-point shooting -- was 46 percent. The school from Maryland took 37 three-pointers (and made 12) compared to just 9 attempts for Albany (with 2 makes).
Also keeping The Mount the game: It turned the ball over just 4 times, compared to 14 for the Great Danes.
DJ Evans led the Great Danes with 22 points. Peter Hooley had 20.
Next: The Gators
UAlbany is up against a tall task Thursday. As mentioned, Florida is the #1 overall seed in the tournament. The Gators haven' lost since December 2. The FiveThirtyEight projection for the game has the Great Danes chance of winning at less than 1 percent.
The game is Thursday at 4:10 pm in Orlando. It will be on TBS.
screengrab: TruTV/NCAA March Madness Live
Duke was supposed to be too much for UAlbany in the NCAA tournament. And despite a good fight from the Great Danes, that's the way it turned out. The #2 seed Blue Devils just had a little too much of everything for the #15 seed Great Danes -- too much shooting, too much height, too much pressure. UAlbany lost 73-61.
The Great Danes didn't play badly. At all. In fact, they hung around for much of the game -- they were down 9 with 4.5 minutes to go -- thanks in large part to good shooting from three-point range, where they were 9-15. But they were only able to shoot 36.5 percent overall from the field. Almost half of all UAlbany's made field goals were from three.
UAlbany also had no answer for Duke guard Seth Curry (26 points, 10-14 from the field) and super athletic big guy Mason Plumlee (23 points, including two long range hook shots). The Blue Devils shot 59 percent from the field.
Jacob Iati led UAlbany with 15 points. Peter Hooley had 13, Mike Black and Sam Rowley both had 10.
UAlbany finishes its season 24-11.
Later: UAlbany lost 73-61.
The NCAA basketball tournament tips off today. UAlbany doesn't play until Friday, when it faces Duke at 12:15 pm in Philadelphia. (The game will be on CBS.)
UAlbany is a #15 seed, Duke a #2 seed. So, just looking at the bracket, the Great Danes appear to be facing a tall challenge.
So, what are their chances? Let's break it down -- via stats, experts, money, even "coolness"...
The UAlbany men's and women's basketball team both won their conference tournament this past weekend -- so they're both headed to the NCAA tournament.
After winning the America East tournament 53-49 over Vermont, UAlbany got a #15 seed in the Midwest bracket -- and is matched up with #2 seed Duke. The Great Danes and Blue Devils will play this Friday at 12:15 in Philadelphia. The game will be on CBS.
This is UAlbany's first trip to the tournament since 2007.
Obviously, a UAlbany win would be a big upset. Duke has been one of the top teams all season. That said Duke lost last year in the first round as a #2 seed to #15 seed Lehigh.
The UAlbany women continued their domination of the America East over the weekend, winning the conference tournament 61-52 over Hartford. The Great Danes were also undefeated through the conference regular season.
The brackets for the women's tournament will be announced tonight (Monday) at 7 pm. This will be the UAlbany women's team second straight trip to to the tournament.
The Syracuse men's basketball team got a #4 seed in the East bracket, and the Orange will face #13 seed Montana in San Jose, California. The game is Thursday at about 10 pm on truTV (TWC channel 71).
The UAlbany basketball teams -- both men's and women's -- are one win away from the NCAA tournament. And they're both playing Saturday.
The UAlbany men take on Vermont in Burlington Saturday for the America East tournament title at 11:30 am (yep, the morning). The game is on ESPN2.
The last time the two teams met -- in January at the SEFCU Arena -- the Great Danes lost 50-43. Yes, they both play very slow: UAlbany is 279th nationally in adjusted tempo and Vermont is 309th.
A win would send UAlbany to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007.
Update: UAlbany beat Vermont 53-49 -- the Great Danes are headed to the NCAA tournament.
The UAlbany women face Hartford at SEFCU Arena Saturday at 7 pm.
A win would send the team to its second straight NCAA tournament appearance.
Update: UAlbany beat Hartford 61-52 -- the Great Danes are headed back to the NCAA tournament.
The Siena and UAlbany men's basketball teams released their non-conference schedules this week. And both schools have lined up some quality, big name competition.
Both schedules are after the jump. A few of the at home highlights:
UAlbany November 12 vs. Cornell (Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament last season)
Siena November 23 vs. Butler (you know, the runner up in last season's national title game)
Siena December 22 vs. Georgia Tech (against old coach Paul Hewitt)
Also: The Siena-UAlbany game will be December 4 at the TU Center.
State workers nabbed for snooping, trucker protest rolling, how much college basketball is too much?, burglar might consider going barefoot next time
Three state workers -- all of them from around here -- have been accused of accessing confidential child abuse files and then using that information for personal purposes. [TU]
It looks like that big rig protest planned for later this month at the Capitol will go ahead now after the truckers worked out a deal with the Albany PD to provide them with an escort. The organizer of the protest say the APD are "good people." [TU]
As you might expect, the HR discussions in drug operations tend to get a little extreme. [Daily Gazette]
The MAAC -- that's Siena's conference -- is moving its 2009 basketball tournament to the TU Center after the conference couldn't work out details with the previously scheduled site. That means both the MAAC and America East (UAlbany's conference) will be holding their basketball tournaments in Albany on the same weekend. [Daily Gazette]
The Fourth of July fireworks in Watervliet have been canceled. City officials say the display cost too much -- and most of the people who watched them weren't city residents. [Troy Record]
A Dunkin Donuts, Subway or Bruegger's could be landing at ALB. [Business Review]
After muddy footprints led to his conviction for an earlier burglary, it looks like a guy in New Scotland tried to avoid the same fate on a second job by leaving his shoes outside the house. One problem: he forgot to take the shoes with him and police used DNA evidence from the footwear to nab him. [TU]
Check the rep on your legislator, less $ expected for NY budget, take that Walgreens, man arrested for ramming patrol car
With about a month left until the budget deadline, New York legislators are looking at less money to divvy up than previously expected. Assembly Minority Leader Jim Tedisco says legislators should think of it as an opportunity. [NYT] [Capital News 9]
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo wants to shed a little light on the reputations of NY state and local government officials. Project Sunlight is a website designed to make it easier for New York voters to find out about campaign finances, lobbying activities and voting records of their elected officials. [Troy Record]
Gas station owners say more people are filling up and taking off without paying. [TU]
Rite Aid has blocked Walgreens from putting up a store in Schenectady. The pharmacy chain bought the Brandywine Ave. lot where Walgreens was planning to put a new drug store. [Daily Gazette]
Voters in the North Colonie school district will decide on a 7 million dollar capital construction project today.
Warren County sheriffs officers arrested a man after he rammed their police car Sunday night. [Post Star]
The Siena men's hoops team beat St. Peter's 77-64 and won the MAAC regular season title, which assures them of a spot in the NIT. (To the make the NCAA tournament, they'll have to win the MAAC tournament.) [TU]
The UAlbany men's basketball team topped BU 76-64. The Danes will have the #3 seed in the America East conference tournament. [TU]
Troy city hall up for sale, Soares to run again, big mercury polluter just outside Albany, Halfmoon wants attention, sportmanship gets a timeout after UAlbany game
Troy's city hall could be yours -- it's now officially up for sale. [Troy Record]
Albany County District Attorney David Soares is expected to announce today that he's running for re-election. So far, he's the only candidate in the field, though Paul Clyne -- the incumbent Soares beat four years ago -- is apparently considering a run. [TU] [Daily Politics]
State auditors wagged their fingers (so to speak) at the Town of Colonie for turning a $12.5 million surplus into a $10 million deficit in four years. Recently elected town supervisor Paula Mahan called the situation "sad." [Troy Record]
The Lafarge cement plant on 9W in Ravena was the biggest emitter of mercury in New York in 2006. Its 400 pound output was one-third of the state's total. [TU]
A 16-year-old Albany girl has been arrested for taking part in a group assault of two UAlbany students last month. [TU]
Schenectady wants Habitat for Humanity to build a "green" house with bamboo floors and solar panels -- and it wants to put up money to make it happen. But Habitat's saying "Thanks, but no." [Daily Gazette]
Halfmoon has had enough of being lumped in with Clifton Park. [Daily Gazette]
A firefighter candidate got bounced from the Saratoga probationary program because he has a fear of needles, which doesn't work out so well for paramedic training. He's now suing. [Saratogian]
There was a shoving match last night between the coaches after the UAlbany men's hoops team topped Binghamton 74-52 on the road. [Daily Gazette]
College fund for girl has money -- but no girl, Northern Lights files for bankruptcy, The Police will play here, return of the flamingos
In 1997 a three-year-old girl saw her mother murdered in Troy. Shocked by how sad the case was, the Troy Police Benevolent Association started a college fund for her. The good news: the fund now has about $50,000. The unfortunate news: the PBA has no idea where the girl is now. [Troy Record]
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation is buying a big chunk of land in the Adirondacks from the Nature Conservancy. The preservation group bought the land last year from a paper company for $110 million. [Post-Star]
Northern Lights has filed for bankruptcy. The Clifton Park music venue filed Chapter 11 (that's the "reorganization" bankruptcy), so presumably it will try to stay open. [Daily Gazette]
The Police will play a show at SPAC on August 1. The message in the bottle: send money. The cheapest ticket will be $93. [Saratogian]
The carousel has re-opened at the New York State Museum. Four-year-olds voice approval. [Daily Gazette]
The flamingos have returned to Schenectady's Stockade. [Daily Gazette]
The UAlbany men's hoops team topped Maine 74-60 on the road. [TU]
No run for Stratton, NYRA deal stuck again, the Gov's text messages, buried cars could be towed, Danes win on the road
Schenectady mayor Brian Stratton says he won't run for the Congressional seat that Mike McNulty is leaving at the end of this year. Stratton's dad, Sam, had held the seat before McNulty. [Daily Gazette]
NYRA's chairman says negotiations over the racing franchise are now going backward. The racing operator is threatening to stop racing at Aqueduct on Thursday -- and there's some fear the season at Saratoga may now be in jeopardy. [Saratogian]
The New York State archivist worries we're losing out on important historical items by not archiving the governor's emails and text messages. [TU]
Cars buried in snow on Schenectady streets can now be towed -- whether there's a snow emergency or not. A new ordinance allows the city to bring out "the hook" if a care isn't cleared after 48 hours. [Daily Gazette]
UAlbany topped Vermont last night 64-61 in Burlington. The men's hoops team is now 12-12 overall, 7-5 in the America East. [TU]