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America East MBB All Conference Team Selections


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The story from the AEC website:

https://americaeast.com/news/2021/2/25/2020-21-mbb_awards.aspx

 

The story from the UAlbany website:

 

https://ualbanysports.com/news/2021/2/25/mens-basketball-rizzuto-named-all-conference-second-team-lulka-all-academic.aspx

I am certain people have opinions on this.....

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Great to see Rizzuto get the accolades. He really stepped up his game this year and I thought he put up first-team numbers - he was 5th in the conference in scoring.

I thought CJ Kelly had an all-conference type year also. Part of the problem with the unbalanced schedule and him missing two games with injury is half the coaches in the conference didn't see him play.

 

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A couple players could have received awards if given a normal full season.

This team could surprise in the playoffs. They could play like last Sat and lose to anyone, or play like we've seen them play against several teams and make a run

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Another reason why Will Brown deserves our backing....

 
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ualbany_mbb UAlbany Men’s Basketball Program under Coach Brown has the most America East Conference All Academic selections in conference history at 26!
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While I agree that Brown's ability to bring in quality men into this program is fantastic...he is paid to win ball games and being all academic or having a roster full of all academics does not win ball games.

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28 minutes ago, Eli said:

While I agree that Brown's ability to bring in quality men into this program is fantastic...he is paid to win ball games and being all academic or having a roster full of all academics does not win ball games.

That’s a hot take, but agree that in the end it’s about winning games. If you aren’t winning games though, you better have a roster of good kids in the classroom that represent the school in the right way.

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4 hours ago, UA'08 said:

That’s a hot take, but agree that in the end it’s about winning games. If you aren’t winning games though, you better have a roster of good kids in the classroom that represent the school in the right way.

I mean there is probably some amount of correlation between good teams and how well the players do in the classroom (basketball IQ, etc.)...but to suggest this is why he should be kept as coach in perpetuity (or on a super long leash) and allow him to go 500 year in year out, not sure I agree with that. 

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1 hour ago, Eli said:

I mean there is probably some amount of correlation between good teams and how well the players do in the classroom (basketball IQ, etc.)...but to suggest this is why he should be kept as coach in perpetuity (or on a super long leash) and allow him to go 500 year in year out, not sure I agree with that. 

You can probably file this under "excuse making" but the unbalanced schedule made a difference this year. Vermont won 10 games and a #2 seed while going 4-0 against Bing and Maine - the bottom two teams in the league. Albany wins 6 conference game and the #5 seed while having games against Bing and Maine cancelled. There's no guarantees, but if we played those games we're probably a #2 or #3 seed and not having this conversation.

What isn't excuse making is comparing Albany's results with peer institutions - SBU and Bing who have similar resources and are in the same conference. They have two combined NCAA tournament appearances and had several players arrested in both of those years. Albany has 5 tournament appearances over the same time and also set a record for number of all academic selections.

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RE: SBU and Bing...All I'm saying is Brown needs to start winning or academic honors or not he's not going to be here much longer. Today is a must win...we/he can't afford another first round exit. What happened years is becoming more and more irrelevant with each passing season. 

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