Albany vs Monmouth Preview

Albany vs Monmouth

The Monmouth Hawks (2-4) are coming off of a marathon game–a 4-OT loss to Penn 101-96. It was the longest game played in Monmouth history. MU senior guard Austin Tilghman made two buzzer beaters in the game against Penn, banking in a runner at the regulation horn to force overtime before hitting a long three at the conclusion of the third overtime to extend it to a fourth session. Last season, Tilghman found himself on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays after hitting a half-court shot to end the first half against Niagara at home.

Saturday night’s loss snapped two incredible streaks that both date back to the same game. It had been 1,063 days since Monmouth was two games under .500 and that same amount of time since MU lost a non-conference home game in the regular season. Both remarkable runs date back to a buzzer-beating loss to Rutgers on 12/28/14.

Nine Hawks have made starts through five games, the most Hawks to start in a game over the course of a season in two years. King Rice has started five different lineups through six games, with Diago Quinn the only Hawk to start all five contests to this point.

The Albany men’s basketball team looks to continue its undefeated run in its third straight road game. America East team UAlbany is off to its first 6-0 start in over 30 years, defeating Holy Cross 78-62 on Saturday afternoon.

This is the first meeting between the two since November 21, 2011, an 85-49 UAlbany victory in Fairfax, Virginia.  Monmouth leads the all-time series 2-1.  The teams play at Monmouth for the first time since 1999.

UAlbany is 1-0 against the MAAC with a 69-67 win vs. Iona and will play Siena and Canisius later.  This is Monmouth’s only game this season vs. an America East opponent.

Through six games in the season, UAlbany stands with the highest scoring offense in the America East, earning 84.7 points per game, including four 80+ point games. 

Currently, Joe Cremo (17.2 ppg), David Nichols (16.2 ppg) and Travis Charles (15.2 ppg) are all in the top-10 in the America East in scoring, plus the team is first in the league with a 51.2% field goal rate.

UAlbany is ranked #8 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25, released on Monday, November 20th.  UAlbany is also the top-ranked mid-major team in the state of New York and second in the America East.

Prediction

This Great Danes ball club is riding a high that doesn’t seem to be slowing down. I expect them to continue their undefeated streak against a tough Monmouth team.

Albany 78 Monmouth 72

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