Boston University Defense Comes Alive, Edges Albany

A step forward on defense is the only thing standing between Boston University and a run at the Patriot League title. The Terriers were picked third in the preseason poll, thanks to their deep well of returning talent — but that talent ranked 317th nationally in defensive efficiency last year. In that light, it was notable not just that they beat Albany on Monday night, but how they did it: BU held the Great Danes scoreless over the final 3:40, sneaking out a come-from-behind, 69-64 victory at Case Gym. Continue reading “Boston University Defense Comes Alive, Edges Albany”

Q&A about Albany with UnrankedAE

Manhattan and Albany play tonight at 7 p.m. at SEFCU Arena in Albany in the first round of the CIT. The Jaspers have had the biggest turnaround in Division I and are 20-12. Albany is 19-14. Both teams lost earlier than they wanted in their conference tournament. I asked the guys at UnrankedAE (Matt) and WCDB (Jay) for some more info on the Great Danes.

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America East Tourney Prediction

The America East tournament kicks off on Thursday night in Hartfort, CT with the 8/9 game featuring UMBC and Binghamton. The Retrievers and Bearcats will be playing to get into the quarterfinals and the opportunity to keep an incredibly unlikely run to the title alive. Between the two of them they reached the AE title game just 16 times in 10,000 sims. UMBC won the title once and that was it. That means top seed Stony Brook has a huge advantage, and that home court advantage in the finals sure comes in handy.

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Weeding out the contenders in America East

In order for a team to win a championship in America East there are a lot of qualities a team should possess. A team should be able to handle elite opponents, it should be have an top-notch front court player and a crunch time scorer. It should also have an efficient offense and a defense that can get big stops. There are five contenders for the AE title. Which one is best suited to make a title run?

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Assist Tracker: Dec. 28

Halil Kanacevic (F, St. Joseph’s) — This isn’t the first time that the Hawks’ big man has showed up on the assist tracker. It’s obvious that he’s got a knack for passing that most 6’8″ guys just don’t. Right now Kanacevic leads the team in rebounding and is second in assists. That’s a nice combination. He had 12 assists in St. Joseph’s 81-50 win over Morgan State on Wednesday. They broke down pretty evenly into four dunks, four jumpers, three threes and a layup. Langston Galloway scored 14 points on 6-8 shooting and three of them were off Kanacevic assists.

Lawrence Alexander (G, NDSU) — Half of Alexander’s 10 assists in the Bisons’ 96-69 win over Oakland on Wednesday night went for threes. As a team NDSU was shooting well from beyond the arc, going 12-20 overall. Taylor Braun scored 21 points to lead the Bison. Three of his baskets came off assists from Alexander.

Anthony Marshall (G, UNLV) — The rout was on last night as UNLV took it to Central Arkansas 124-75. Marshall had 10 assists in the game. Five of Marshall’s 10 assists were for threes. He had three assists each to the Runnin’ Rebels’ leading scorers Mike Moser (18 points) and Chace Stanback (29 points). Marquette transfer Reggie Smith saw 11 minutes of action in the game and Marshall gave him as assist on one of his three three-pointers in the game. UNLV shot 18-32 from distance.

Pe’Shon Howard (G, Maryland) — Apparently Howard was happy to have Alex Len in the lineup as the the Ukrainian import got two of Howard’s eight assists in the Terrapins’ 83-72 win over Albany. Predictably both of Howard’s assists to Len went for dunks.

Gerardo Suero (G, Albany) — The Great Danes got a balanced scoring effort in the loss to Maryland it shows in Suero’s assists. Of his eight, two went to Logan Aronhalt, two to Mike Black and two to Luke Devlin. There were four threes, three layups and one jumper in the eight assists.

Peyton Siva (G, Louisville) — Siva had six assists in the Cardinals’ first loss of the season to Georgetown, 71-68. All six were for either threes (3), layups (2) or dunks (1). Apparently Louisville could’ve used one at least one more.

Three thoughts: St. Francis (NY) vs. Albany

St. Francis (NY) returned to Brooklyn Heights for its first home game of the season against Albany on Monday night. The Terriers were unable to solve Albany’s three-guard attack and fell 76-64. The loss drops SFC to 3-7 overall. This was a 68-possession game, so both sides of the ball slipped up in this one. Here are three key takeaways from the game.

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