Brown (1-0) vs. Albany (0-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, November 14th, 4:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Carrier Dome (33,000) -- Syracuse, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Brown 1-0, Albany 0-0. Away Record: Brown 0-0, Albany 0-1. Neutral Record: Brown 0-0, Albany 0-0. Conference Record: Brown 0-0, Albany 0-0. Series Record: Brown leads, 2-0.
GAME NOTES: The Brown Bears and Albany Great Danes are set to clash as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off, and the game is being played at the Carrier Dome, home of the Syracuse Orange.
Brown opened the season on Friday with an 86-66 victory over Johnson & Wales. The Bears suffered through a rough season in 2010-11, going 11-17 overall and 4-10 in conference. Brown added six freshmen to the mix, and with just one senior on the roster it will be interesting to see if the team's relative inexperience will be a hindrance to its overall goals both in the Ivy League and overall.
As for Albany, it competes in the America East Conference and was picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll. On Friday, the Great Danes took on mighty Pittsburgh in the season opener, and the result was a lopsided 89-56 defeat. The club split its 32 games last season and posted a 9-7 mark against conference competition. Albany had a nine-win improvement from 2009-10 and won more AEC games than the previous two seasons combined, so it is understandable that there is a buzz around the program.
Albany has won both of its previous meetings with Brown, the most recent of which took place in 2006.
Brown jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead over Johnson and Wales on Friday, as the Bears connected on 50 percent of their field goal attempts in the opening stanza while knocking down 10 shots from the charity stripe. The second-half effort wasn't nearly as impressive for Brown at the offensive end, but the club permitted just 35.5 percent shooting from the field in the contest and forced 17 turnovers. Sean McGonagill was outstanding in the triumph, as he finished with 20 points and 10 assists. John Harris pitched in 11 points for Brown, which finished the game with 21 assists against a mere 10 turnovers. McGonagill was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year last season after netting 11.8 ppg to go along with 5.7 apg, and Tucker Halpern pitched in 12.6 ppg for the Bears.
There are a few obvious reasons that Albany fell short against Pittsburgh in the opener. The Great Danes connected on just 3-of-17 three-pointers in the clash and had four more turnovers than assist. Obviously, a 35-23 rebounding advantage didn't help matters, and neither did a shaky defensive effort that permitted Pitt to hit 54 percent of its shots from the field. Leading the way in defeat for the Great Danes was Gerardo Suero with 17 points, nine of which came from the charity stripe. Logan Aronhalt tallied 13 points, while Mike Black scored 11 points. Aronhalt (14.6 ppg) and Black (12.3 ppg) were both Third-Team All-AEC choices a year ago, and they comprise the conference's leading returning scoring duo after averaging a combined 26.9 points last season.
In a game that figures to be close from start to finish, give a narrow edge to Brown. Expect McGonagill to be the best player on the floor for either team.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Brown 60, Albany 57
11/14 10:45:39 ET