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MBB - Game 21/Conference Game 6 - @ New Hampshire, Lundholm Gym, Durham, NH, Saturday, January 27, 2024, 12:00PM

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New Hampshire comes into this context at 12 -7 overall and 4-2 in conference.  Considering the funk the UAlbany MBB is in and the Wildcats ability to win at home spells a diaster for the Great Danes.
Jan 27 (Sat) 12:00 PM
Durham, NH
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Danes look to stop 3-game losing streak

UAlbany tries to bounce back quickly after defeat at Maine, set to meet New Hampshire


By Pete Dougherty


When: Noon Saturday

Where: Lundholm Gymnasium, Durham, N.H.

TV/Radio: ESPN+ (streaming), WTMM 104.5 FM

Lori Van Buren/Times Union

UAlbany coach Dwayne Killings said there’s no time to look back at the loss at Maine with a game against UNH on Saturday.

Jim Franco/Times Union

UAlbany’s Jonathan Beagle said road wins go a long way to helping a team secure a home berth for the postseason.

Time waits for no one, a point University at Albany men’s basketball coach Dwayne Killings hopes to get across to his players as their season heads into the home stretch.

Barely 39 hours after losing its third straight America East game, UAlbany returns to action at noon Saturday to face New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. The wounds from Thursday night’s 81-73 loss at Maine, a game in which they whittled an 18-point second-half deficit to three before running out of gas, are still fresh as the Great Danes prepare for a solid Wildcats squad.


“We talk to our guys about time,” Killings said. “Time moves really quick. When we first had the conversation, I think we have 23 practices now left, 12 shootarounds and 12 games. That’s it for the season, and it moves fast. That surprised some people because they look at everything day-by-day. Don’t waste time. This is why you play. Let’s not waste a single second of it.”

The Danes have just 12 regular-season games and what they hope is an extended run in the America East Tournament remaining. While that is far ahead of last season’s 8-23 team that failed to qualify for the league tournament, UAlbany’s outlook has changed in a flash.

Less than a week and a half ago, UAlbany (10-10, 2-3) was one of four conference unbeatens. Now the Danes have lost to three of the America East’s four top teams, and their only victories — vs. NJIT and Binghamton — have come against teams still winless in the conference.

“You’ve got to renew your mind,” Killings said. “My whole message to the team is we have to embrace doing hard things. Our focus has to move from Maine to New Hampshire, because that’s the next game. You can’t spend a lot of time dwelling on this last one.”

New Hampshire (12-7, 4-2), which has won three straight, stands in the way of UAlbany ending its three-game skid. The Wildcats are coming off a 77-74 home victory over Binghamton and already have beaten Maine, NJIT and UMBC, all on the road.

“Road games are super important in this league,” said Danes sophomore forward Jonathan Beagle, who is expected to play Saturday despite rolling his ankle in the loss at Maine. “If you want to have a home playoff game, you got to win road games (in the regular season).”

The top four in the regular-season standings will play host to first-round tournament games in March. New Hampshire is currently in fourth. Maine and UAlbany are tied for fifth, although the Black Bears have the tiebreaker because of their victory Thursday night.

The Danes will finish their three-game road stretch next Thursday night against Vermont, which has won 20 consecutive conference games, the longest streak in the nation.

“On the road, I would love a little more time to prep and have a shootaround,” Killings said of the short span between games, “but it is what it is. You’ve got to get out there and be ready to win the game.”

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56 minutes ago, jimbo said:

Good effort helped by some dreadful Wildcat shooting and good UA foul shooting. 

UH did not shoot well but I think it was because of UA. We did something this game we have not done all year.  

We play pressure defense but we were hedging the high ball screen. (Absolutely terrible at it. Constantly out of position and chasing. ) Today we switched on the high ball screen.  This allowed us to stay in front of the defender and contest shots.  

Good game play today . I hope we continue to switch. 

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No doubt Vermont remains the top team in MBB in the America East Conference:

Saturday, January 27, 2024 Men's Basketball
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2023-24 Men's Basketball Standings

2023-24 Men's Basketball Standings
Vermont 6-0 1.000 16-5 .762 W7
UMass Lowell 5-1 .833 14-5 .737 L1
Bryant 5-1 .833 13-8 .619 L1
New Hampshire 4-3 .571 12-8 .600 L1
UAlbany 3-3 .500 11-10 .524 W1
Maine 2-4 .333 10-11 .476 L1
Binghamton 1-5 .167 9-10 .474 W1
UMBC 1-5 .167 6-15 .286 L2
NJIT 1-6 .143 5-14 .263 W1
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