Will the Albany Great Danes Be This Year's Lehigh Mountain Hawks?

By Trevor Lowry
David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Last year’s NCAA Tournament hosted one of the craziest days in tournament history when the Duke Blue Devils and Missouri Tigers (both No. 2 seeds) went down in their first game of the tourney to No. 15 seeds. This year Duke is once again a No. 2 seed. Do the Albany Great Danes have any chance of being this year’s Lehigh Mountain Hawks by upsetting the Blue Devils?

Let me put it this way. Lehigh at least was a good team for the entire year last season and had an amazing player in C.J. McCollum. I am not saying that Albany is not a good team or that it does not have any good players on its team, but it is definitely not as good as Lehigh was last year. Not to mention, Duke is arguably a much better team than it was last year.

I hate to disappoint Albany fans, especially since March Madness is known to be a time of upsets, but Albany has no chance in this game.

The Great Danes were not even close to being the best team in their conference this year. They finished conference play by being five games back in the standings and were fifth in the conference. Albany took the “win your conference tournament and you are in moto” very seriously. The Great Danes won their conference tourney and made the Big Dance as a result.

Duke, on the other hand, has been projected as a No. 1 seed for most of the year and is one of the most complete teams in college basketball. An upset would be crazy, but the Cinderella in this tournament is not going to be the Albany Great Danes.


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