In the America East, Albany and Stony Brook appear to be on a collission course to be undefeated when they face each other on ESPNU on Jan. 22.5 – Those are the total number of points that separated Albany ahead of New Hampshire in their three meetings last season. Don’t think that won’t be on the Wildcats’ minds when they travel to face Albany. “We have got to get this team,” junior Jaleen Smith said. “In order to win the league it has to be Stony Brook and Vermont, but really it’s Albany.”
13 – That’s the number that senior Jameel Warney is averaging through his first two conference games. He has also pulled down nine offensive rebounds, which included seven in their win over Binghamton on the road on Wednesday. The 6’8″ senior is the only player averaging over 15 ppg in the conference so far this season.
7 – That’s how many of the 19 statistical categories that Stony Brook doesn’t lead in. Entering Tuesday’s action, the Seawolves lead in 12 of the 19 categories amongst America East teams.
|Category||Leader||Stony Brook’s Rank|
|Free Throw Percentage||Hartford||7th|
|3-Point FG Percentage||Vermont||2nd|
|Defensive Rebounds||New Hampshire||2nd|
|3-Point FG Made||Hartford||5th|
9 – That’s the number of games in a row that the Great Danes’ offense has scored better than a point per possession. In that stretch, they are 8-1 with their only loss coming to local rival Siena. In that time senior Peter Hooley has averaged 11 ppg. If he finds his groove in conference play, Albany will be even more dangerous.
33.6 – Here’s a number, while a few days old, just shows how much of an impact senior Jameel Warney does have on his team. Entering Tuesday Warney’s PER is 31.75, which puts him tied with Gonzaga sophomore Domantas Sabonis.
Tweets of the Week:
Throw it down, Jacoby!
Also before getting to one tweet of substance, here’s a rejection by Richard Peters.
Quotes of the Week:
“A lot of people didn’t expect us to even compete with them probably, but in our minds we think we could’ve won that game. It just comes down to that.” – Binghamton junior Marlon Beck on their 62-52 home loss to Stony Brook to open conference play
“I wasn’t sure if we were going to get enough stops. Watching Lyles on film, he was very good. When I asked the New Jersey Tech coach about him, he said Lyles was special and spectacular. We made Lyles play in a crowd in the second half. – Albany head coach Will Brown on his team who held UMBC sophomore Jarius Lyles to a season-low 17 points
“Anytime you go on the road and shoot 1-11 from three and beat a really good basketball team, that means your team probably rebounded fairly well.” – Albany head coach Will Brown, whose team became the first to beat Vermont at Patrick Gym this season
Games to Watch: Jan. 12 New Hampshire at Albany 7pm, Jan. 13 Hartford at Binghamton 7pm, Jan. 16 Stony Brook at New Hampshire 1pm
Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2015-16 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference among others for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.