Albany (2-5) vs. Bowling Green (1-5)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 28th, 3:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Calihan Hall (8,295) -- Detroit, Michigan. Television: None. Home Record: Albany 0-3, BGSU 1-1. Away Record: Albany 1-2, BGSU 0-3. Neutral Record: Albany 1-0, BGSU 0-1. Conference Record: Albany 0-0, BGSU 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.
GAME NOTES: Subregional play in the fourth annual Legends Classic comes to completion this afternoon in Detroit, as the Albany Great Danes shoot for back-to-back wins for the first time in 2010-11 as they clash with the Bowling Green Falcons at Calihan Hall.
The Great Danes have a total of two wins on the early season, one of those coming against Fairleigh Dickinson on the road eight days ago and the other being a 75-65 triumph over Niagara in this very building yesterday. The recent victory snapped a brief two-game slide and has Albany believing it can also take care of Bowling Green in the first-ever meeting between the two programs.
Speaking of the Falcons, they have yet to defeat another school from the Division I ranks, topping only Ohio Dominican at home by a score of 81-55 back on November 15th. Since then the team has dropped four in a row, including a 71-62 final versus host Detroit.
Logan Aronhalt erupted for a career-high 30 points on Saturday, shooting 11- of-16 from the floor and 6-of-9 behind the three-point line in the win over Niagara. Mike Black came in off the bench to account for 19 points as he shot 7-of-11 from the floor, followed by Tim Ambrose with another 14 points. John Puk had a team-best 10 rebounds, but he ended up fouling out after shooting a disappointing 1-of-7 from the floor. Overall, the team made good on a solid 53.8 percent from the field and an equally impressive 9-of-18 beyond the arc. Due to the scoring burst on Saturday, Aronhalt is now up to 19.7 ppg to lead the team through seven games. Playing close to 38 minutes per game, Aronhalt has converted 41.5 percent of his three-pointers to lead the squad to 43.0 percent out on the perimeter at this stage. For a team that shoots so well from long distance, it is difficult to understand how it can possibly make just 58.3 percent of its opportunities at the free-throw line.
First and foremost, the Falcons turned the ball over 22 times on Saturday in their matchup against Detroit and the Titans didn't let them forget it as they stumbled into the loss column for the fifth time in six games this season. Dee Brown scored 22 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the floor, while backup Torian Oglesby made good on 4-of-8 shots from the floor to finish with eight points, to go along with seven rebounds and a couple of blocked shots in a mere 14 minutes. Outside of Brown, the starters shot a combined 5-of-15 from the field, the team converting just 41.4 percent overall and 5-of-17 out on the perimeter. Even with the huge effort yesterday, Brown is still averaging just 10.3 ppg, yet somehow that is still good enough to lead the team at the moment. Scott Thomas, one of only two players to have started every game, checks in with 10.2 ppg and is also first on the unit with 6.8 rpg, 18 assists and 11 steals, but until he gets some suitable support the Falcons will continue to struggle.
Albany might not be world beaters, but the Great Danes certainly have what it takes to land in the win column versus a weak BGSU squad right now.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Albany 64, Bowling Green 60
11/28 10:31:01 ET