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19-20 MBB Pre-Season articles and Expectations


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Maybe my expectations are a little low but I'm hoping for a 5 win improvement from last year. The teams core is still just sophomores.  If we get around 17-18 wins this year and then around 23 next year , I'm hoping it will set up a magical year in 2 years. 

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Seems a tad low considering some national publications have us a solid second behind UVM.  Guess that's why they play the games. Let's prove the coaches wrong and go 16-0 lol.😜

Tomorrow camp opens for the MBB team. First official practice of the season is 10/4.   Let's go!

In addition to strength, if his outside shooting were more consistent, he'll be really tough to deal with. He scratched the surface of what he can do in the final part of conference play. I think

1 hour ago, UA1882 said:

Maybe my expectations are a little low but I'm hoping for a 5 win improvement from last year. The teams core is still just sophomores.  If we get around 17-18 wins this year and then around 23 next year , I'm hoping it will set up a magical year in 2 years. 

Not an unreasonable expectations...a projection the likes of KenPom is a significant jump. As you pointed out, this year will remain one of the youngest teams in the AE if I'm not mistaken. Yes, they have good amount of experience but we'll see how that translates. I'd feel better if JoJo could play. 

 

I'm intrigued but cautiously optimistic. This team will surprise both in the good and hopefully bad. Still a lot of youth in the rotation and PG position needs to be better as well as rebounding. 

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4 hours ago, UA1882 said:

Maybe my expectations are a little low but I'm hoping for a 5 win improvement from last year. The teams core is still just sophomores.  If we get around 17-18 wins this year and then around 23 next year , I'm hoping it will set up a magical year in 2 years. 

Your expectations are good, the only reason they are low is because the schedule the team plays this year appears to be very easy. We all know that schedule rankings can be wildly off, but at first glance, 19-20 wins should be the benchmark at the minimum.

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16 minutes ago, BestDaneSinceHamlet said:

Knee surgery today for UAlbany men’s basketball guard Jojo Anderson produced a “best-case scenario” in terms of his ability to potentially play this season. Possible he plays before end of non-conference season.

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Romani Hansen expects to help UAlbany men's basketball

Hansen, a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands, has similar tools to Alex Foster, the program's previous one-year graduate transfer from two seasons ago.

At 200 pounds, Hansen is a bit thinner than Foster, but he brings something that's immeasurable to a team trying to reverse a 12-20 record, its first losing season since 2009-10.

"He brings that level of energy that we needed, and that's what is going to get us over the line," said sophomore guard Cameron Healy, the Danes' leading scorer last season. "In tight games, when it comes down to the wire, those little plays are what makes the difference."

"Rebounding, for sure," Hansen said when asked what he considers his strengths, "and I think I can bring energy. Those are my two main things."

Hansen is penciled in at power forward, but he has enough of an outside shot to play small forward (he attempted nearly three 3-pointers per game at Savannah State) and has the shot-blocking presence to play at center.

Notes: UAlbany will have its second of its two closed scrimmages Saturday against LIU-Brooklyn at SEFCU Arena

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Anyone hear how yesterday with LIU went?

I'm guessing the other two are Hansen and Clark. That said, I do think deSousa is primed for a breakout.

I haven't heard anything about Brent Hank so far this season. He doesn't seem to be mentioned in any of the articles. He didn't play a ton (or at least wasn't noticable) during the purple and gold game. Always foul prone, but he seemed to have some nice moves, and is obviously a huge human being.

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From the Three Man Weave Preview:

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Clark will look to improve on suspect shooting and shot selection. His efficiency is key for Albany’s conference championship aspirations.

That sentence jumped off the screen.

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1 hour ago, Clickclack said:

Same because it was so accurate. 

Three Man Weave seems to believe it will be different this year since they have Clark on their first team. If he plays like a first teamer, we're going to have an awfully fun year.

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