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MBB Game 26/Conference 11 @ UMBC Retrievers, Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena, Baltimore, MD Saturday, February 17, 2024. 1:00 PM

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Well, I will not have a chance to watch this game live:

Today's Times Union article:



Danes look for defense to travel


By Pete Dougherty

Jim Franco/Times Union

After the Danes held NJIT to 58 points in a win Thursday, UAlbany’s Tyler Bertram said, “We always have offense. A big thing for us was seeing how we can use our team defense to take a team out.”

ALBANY — Was holding an opponent to 58 points an aberration, or can this University at Albany men’s basketball team actually win games with its defense?

The answer should come quickly.


UAlbany (12-13, 4-6 America East), off Thursday night’s 83-58 home victory over New Jersey Institute of Technology, has an America East road matchup Saturday afternoon against Maryland Baltimore County, which put up 114 points just two weeks ago in a 12-point victory over the Great Danes.

“Every game is different,” UAlbany point guard Sebastian Thomas said, “but defense is something we have to get better at. We played a lot of good team defense (against NJIT).”

“We always have offense,” graduate guard Tyler Bertram said. “A big thing for us was seeing how we can use our team defense to take a team out.”

Even after its exemplary effort Thursday to win for only the second time in eight games, UAlbany ranks next-to-last in the conference in scoring defense at 77.8 points per game. The only team giving up more is UMBC, but the Retrievers (8-18, 3-8) also rank third in scoring offense.

UMBC, much like UAlbany, likes to push the pace of play. The Retrievers rank third nationally in pace at 75.1 possessions per game, according to WarrenNolan.com, and the Danes are fourth.

The pace may have gotten a little out of control for UAlbany in that first meeting at Broad-view Center, and the result was the highest-scoring regulation game in America East history.

Asked if Thursday night’s defensive effort can work Saturday in Baltimore, UAlbany coach Dwayne Killings said, “Yes, if our defense does travel with us, which is a huge part to getting a road win. I do go back and I’ll say our offense has to help us.

“The thing about UMBC is you get a lot of quick shots, which can be good for you, but what happens is the pace of the game gets moving really fast. They wore us down here, although we scored over 100 points. We were exhausted. We’ve just got to get the rhythm of the game.

 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena, Baltimore
TV/Radio: ESPN+ (streaming), WTMM 104.5 FM

“They just went on the road and played Binghamton. The game was in the 80s. Whether we win the game in the 50s, the 80s, the 100s, we’ve got to find a way to win it, but we’ve got to control the pace of the game. We can’t let it get too too fast for us.”

The Danes realize that, with six regular-season games remaining, time is getting short. UAlbany is alone in fifth place, 1 1 /2 games behind New Hampshire and 1 1 /2 games ahead of a triumvirate tied for the bottom three spots. The last-place team will not advance to the conference tournament, a predicament the Danes plundered into last season.

“We try to take it game by game,” said Bertram, who had his third game of 20-plus points against NJIT. “Coming into this game, NJIT, coming off two huge wins, is right on our tail. UMBC beat us, they’re right on our tail. This conference, since I was in it before (two seasons at Binghamton), everybody’s so close in the middle, you can’t look ahead. You just have to look at the game in front of you and win each one to climb.”

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The current AE MBB standings:

2023-24 Men's Basketball Standings

2023-24 Men's Basketball Standings
Vermont 11-1 .917 21-6 .778 W3
Bryant 9-3 .750 17-10 .630 L1
UMass Lowell 8-3 .727 17-7 .708 W1
New Hampshire 6-5 .545 14-10 .583 L1
UAlbany 4-7 .364 12-14 .462 L1
Binghamton 4-8 .333 12-13 .480 W1
UMBC 4-8 .333 9-18 .333 W2
Maine 3-8 .273 11-15 .423 L3
NJIT 3-9 .250 7-17 .292 L2
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