Conference: America East Conference
How They Qualified: America East Tournament Champions
The Albany Great Danes went on the journey of winning at the right time rather than winning a lot of games. Had it not been with getting hot in the America East Tournament, Albany’s season would have gone to the wayside and considered a monumental disappointment. However, they won the conference tournament and are going dancing for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
Albany is coached by Will Brown, who is in his 12th season. This will be only his third appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Mike Black (15.0 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Sam Rowley (6.5 rpg)
Leading Passer: Peter Hooley (3.0 apg)
Bad Losses: Quinnipiac, Boston University (twice)
Good Wins: Stony Brook, Vermont
Whether it was being good at the right time or being incredibly lucky, Albany is dancing. Mike Black is their key figure on offense, whose 14 points in the conference championship earned the team the automatic qualifier. Jacob Iati is the other player to keep an eye out for in the tourney, he averages a shade over 12 points per game.
As for your precious brackets, buyer beware. Albany might have gotten hot at the right time and secured a spot in the dance, but this team isn’t very good. Look for the Great Danes to be an early exit in the NCAA Tournament.
But please, don’t listen to me. Now that I have predicted it, expect Albany to do some real damage in March — stranger things have happened.
The Albany Great Danes are dancing!
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