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  1. First I do root for both UAlbany & Siena. I just find it hard to read the Siena message board re: the rivalry. They compare themselves to Syracuse & UAlbany to Colgate as question whether future games should be played against UAlbany. When was the last time Colgate gave Syracuse any competition or let alone a defeat? Yes Siena is a very talented team this year but what happens when McCaffrey bolts & they have to start that rebuilding process all over again? This to me is very frustrating. Also, Siena fans would rather play someone like Temple in place of UAlbany game as gain
  2. I may be too harsh as young team but seems like UAlbany had no direction & continue to decline offensively. There was no flow to the offense. Even against AE teams, when are they going to post Harris down low to create easy baskets. His game seems more like a guard. This Syracuse team is not that good but we made them look like a Top Four team as North Carolina game will be scary. Just my 2 cents as thought we would have been able to compete against average Big Boy program.
  3. On his radio show today, Wyland stated it was nice for Siena to lock up McCaffrey but from one of his trusted inside sources was told McCaffrey would not have had shot at Penn job as reason he may have committed so quickly to Siena's offer. I'm sure Siena fans won't be too flattered by his comment. Wyland also stated UAlbany/Siena game would be a sure sellout. It seems like the rivalry keeps building up steam.
  4. Again I just want to say what a game Albany played the other night as admit never expected to throw such a scare into UConn. Were they outcoached? Perhaps or was it that they were not used to playing such smaller guys as seemed surprised when we stripped the ball from them time after time (ha, ha). Seriously, I think the ultimate missing element was a 30+ game for Jamal Wilson. Thinking back, did he even get to attempt a 3 pointer? I remember waiting for that as seems other long distance shooters were off the mark. All & all though, what an awesome time for UAlbany & all the fans
  5. What a hell of a game Albany played as showed great basketball skills on the big stage. When interviewed, Calhoun stated that this was the worst 30 minutes of basketball ever played by his team but then quickly gave props to Albany to kind of lessen that statement. He should just feel bad that his team was being outhustled & outhearted for most of the game & give credit where credit is due. A win would have put us on the basketball map forever. As a Red Sox fan, I wondered if this win would have been bigger than comeback against the Yanks in 2004 but feel Albany win would have be
  6. First of all, I just wanted to say what a great atmosphere it was at game on Saturday. I will admit did question not moving game to Pepsi Arena but on campus was a great setting as seemed like more than 4,500 crowd as enthusiam reached high level. The only negative was the level the music blasted out at times as felt like a heavy metal concert. It was the first time that I have covered my ears at an event. Getting back to my reason for posting, did we get 16th seed & no extra love because this is our first time going to big dance? I'm a big sports follower & hardly heard of some o
  7. I caught Coach Brown on Dan Murphy's radio show today & one caller was given chance to address Brown as don't know if this was intentional or not on Murphy's part to stir things up. Of course the caller asked Brown something like if he would have liked to check available of Pepsi Arena for game on Saturday. Brown & Murphy both agreed the atmosphere would not be matched by Pepsi opposed to RACC. I agree with that to a point but Brown said they would draw 15,000 but again likes the idea of students storming the court if win as security would not allow that at the Pepsi. It seems to
  8. It seems everyone is very opposed to ever moving games to Pepsi but is the Pepsi (soon to be named whatever - as funny possible options in Times Union today) going to be a negative to the program in long run? It seems it hurt Siena in building new on campus arena as hard to justify the expense w/ option of Pepsi being available. I also don't know if UAlbany would invest in larger on campus facility for hoop in future but do think taking over Pepsi in future would be only way to capture area fans in long run. I don't think the casual fan wants to go to a campus where students may be too clos
  9. I was just wondering if crowd for Vermont game brings in less than 3,000 fans would it be considered a disappointment? I know they don't have the same stud team from last year but still took us at their place. My opinion would be anything less than 2,500 would be a real shame & feel the program needs to start playing some games at Pepsi Arena to build local fan base as students seem indifferent as a whole.
  10. Unfortunately I was unable to attend the Big Purple Growl but heard from attendees that the place was rocking. I did however catch most of the game on TV. I know this was mentioned before but why do they insist on court being lit up & taken off crowd? I feel it makes the backround grayish & washed out. Almost looks like the game was played way back when. As a side note, Siena games on TV suffer from not being able to see the crowd but only hockey boards. Syracuse games also suffer on TV from not having fans closer to court as mentioned a lot on their message boards. Also if Coac
  11. Although we have been up & down so far this year, I'm sorry our series w/ Syracuse ended. This would have been the first year we had a full squad & possibly given them a scare especially if game played here @ Pepsi Arena. Boeheim continues to say how he loves to play the NY state schools (maybe just to build up his record). I still feel we have to get some good non-league games @ Pepsi to build up fan base some & get ready for league games. The games @ Pepsi would also prepare us for post season league tournament atmosphere I would think. Tough loss to Siena as definitely unde
  12. I appreciate all the feedback. I guess I just don't believe UAlbany will become anything special by staying exclusively w/ on campus games. The parking situation is ridiculous as delaying people getting into game by collecting money for parking as would rather see higher game ticket price. I'm not saying playing at the Pepsi would make us a super power but may persuade some player to come here because of the facility. The students just are not showing much support for the program & I know for sure of some area basketball fans who would support UAlbany if move to Pepsi. Siena AD said t
  13. Now that Siena is down, UAlbany should try to get some of their games played at Pepsi Arena in attempt to gain area basketball fans. Siena's style of play is like watching paint dry as UAlbany is much more exciting. I would love to see Vermont game moved to Pepsi. Area high school teams are even playing at larger venues as demand have developed. The America East presents good product (as consistently beating MAAC teams this year) & having Albany tag would work in their favor. Would also love to see Boston College, Providence, etc (Eastern Powers) come in for non-conference games.
  14. On the sports newscast tonight (channel 13???), it showed Vermont's coach Brennan responding to Coach Brown's comments that Coppenrath gets all the calls based on his great acting ability. Brennan called this a cheapshot by Brown as Brennan stated Coppenrath gets banged around & never complains as also has worked hard in achieving his great college career. This should add some fireworks to UAlbany/Vermont game as also Brennan's last year of coaching as planning on retiring after season. It seems that Coach Brown has made some bold statements during his time here as receives some strong
  15. Unfortunately it sounded like we tried to 3 ball them for win (which I guess is only way we would have had a chance) & were very cold. I hate hearing their fans refer to us as just another fat cupcake on their schedule. Sounds like Jimmy B likes these local games (as also helps pad his record) but hope we get more chances in the future to really take it to them. Witnessed Vermont's beating on Siena & would like to see UAlbany also play Vermont at the Pepsi as may start to build more of a fan base. I believe casual fans shy away from games on campus as feel limited parking, etc. Wi
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