New Hampshire at Albany, 7:00 PM Eastern, espn3
Boston University 73, UNH 69. Dartmouth 63, UNH 62. Stony Brook 59, UNH 56. 8 points in total. That is all that has separated the New Hampshire Wildcats from wins in their last three games against Division I opponents. Things have not gone well for the HoopsHD Team of the People during the last few weeks, and it is time to turn things around and move towards that first-ever NCAA Tournament bid. Tonight, the Wildcats (9-6 overall, 0-1 in conference) head to Albany to take on the Great Danes. Star player Tanner Leissner had three of his best point totals (25, 19 and 25) in the three losses. However, he is going to need more help from the rest of his teammates if New Hampshire wants to pick up this road win. The talent and ability are definitely here, and a win tonight will easily erase the bad memories of the last few weeks as conference play moves forward.
The Albany Great Danes are coming off of one of the roughest losses in their program’s history on Sunday at Stony Brook. UAlbany (9-8 overall, 0-2 in conference) held at 70-51 lead late in the game and appeared to be cruising to their first conference victory. Then the sky fell down, the earth opened up, and all kinds of awful things happened. When the dust cleared, Stony Brook had finished the game on an amazing 21-0 run to defeat the Great Danes 72-70. UAlbany will be out to erase those memories at home tonight. David Nichols and Joe Cremo will look to lead the way. Nichols has scored in double figures in 7 of his last 8 games, while Cremo has averaged 20 points in the team’s two conference games so far. Tonight’s game will certainly be about redemption. The only question is whether it will be UNH’s after their rough last few weeks or UAlbany’s after what happened on Sunday.