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Full UAlbany basketball schedules unveiled; MAAC schedule out for Siena women’s basketball

UAlbany men's basketball coach Dwayne Killings, left, and UAlbany women's basketball coach Colleen Mullen.

UAlbany men's basketball coach Dwayne Killings, left, and UAlbany women's basketball coach Colleen Mullen.

Both UAlbany basketball teams unveiled full schedules Wednesday for the 2021-22 season, while the Siena women’s basketball program’s MAAC schedule was released.

With new head coach Dwayne Killings at the helm, the UAlbany men’s basketball team will start its season with a Nov. 9 home game against Towson. The Great Danes’ non-conference schedule includes road matchups with Boston College of the ACC, Kansas State of the Big 12 and Kentucky of the SEC.

“In the recruiting process — and in the re-recruiting of our current players — what came up was they wanted to become a championship-level program and play against the best competition we could find,” Killings said in an interview with The Daily Gazette. “I think our schedule does that.”

UAlbany is coming off a 7-9 campaign. UAlbany returns six players from that team, plus nine new Great Danes.

“They’re going to be challenged, and we have chances to show who we are,” Killings said.

Killings credited director of basketball operations Dan Madhavapallil with helping to craft a schedule that contains 13 non-conference games, including nine away from SEFCU Arena, prior to America East Conference play starting for the Great Danes with a Jan. 2 game at Vermont.

“He really works it,” Killings said of Madhavapallil. “I thought he did a great job.”

While finding games against high-level programs was important — “If you can’t get excited to go play Kentucky, you’re playing the wrong sport” — Killings said he also appreciated Towson’s willingness to head to SEFCU Arena on opening night.

“I think there’s a lot of excitement to see us here,” said Killings, who added the Great Danes will make the return trip to Towson during the 2022-23 season. 

UALBANY WOMEN TO FACE FORMER COACH

Head coach Colleen Mullen’s UAlbany women’s basketball program’s non-conference schedule includes a Nov. 28 trip to play Boston College, a program that Joanna Bernabei-McNamee — Mullen’s predecessor at UAlbany — leads.

No players from Bernabei-McNamee’s two-season tenure leading the Great Danes remain on UAlbany’s roster. Mullen said she was excited to bring her team, which brings back four starters from a team that made the America East semifinals, to play an ACC opponent.

“We have a great rapport,” Mullen said of her relationship with Bernabei-McNamee, who left UAlbany following the 2017-18 season. “She was really helpful to me in the transition here, and she did such a great job here.”

UAlbany’s non-conference schedule also includes a Nov. 10 season-opening game against Hofstra at SEFCU Arena, a Dec. 8 trip to play Vanderbilt of the SEC and a Dec. 12 home game against Siena.

UAlbany starts America East play Dec. 30 at Hartford.

SIENA WOMEN START MAAC PLAY VS. RIDER

Head coach Jim Jabir’s first MAAC game in his second tour as the Siena women’s basketball head coach will be a Dec. 20 game vs. Rider.

Hired in April to replace Ali Jaques, Jabir previously coached Siena for a stretch of three consecutive winning seasons that ended in 1990. Since that stint, Jabir’s coached at Marquette, Providence, Dayton and Florida Atlantic. Eight of his teams made it to the NCAA tournament, including his 2014-15 Dayton squad that lost to UConn at Albany’s Times Union Center with a spot in the Final Four on the line. Overall, Jabir’s career record as a Division I head coach is 500-435.

The Siena women’s basketball team’s non-conference schedule has yet to be released. The Siena men’s basketball program’s full schedule for the upcoming season was previously unveiled, with the Saints starting their season Nov. 9 at St. Bonaventure.

UALBANY MEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Nov. 9: vs. Towson

Nov. 13: at La Salle

Nov. 17: vs. Harvard

Nov. 20: at Eastern Kentucky (Eastern Kentucky Invitational) 

Nov. 22: at Kentucky

Nov. 24: vs. Eastern Illinois (at Eastern Kentucky Invitational)

Dec. 1: at Kansas State 

Dec. 7: at Yale

Dec. 11: vs. Columbia

Dec. 13: at Boston College

Dec. 18: at Niagara

Dec. 21: at Lehigh

Dec. 29: vs. Bucknell

Jan. 2: at Vermont*

Jan. 5: vs. Binghamton*

Jan. 8: at New Hampshire*

Jan. 12: vs. UMass Lowell*

Jan. 15: vs. NJIT*

Jan. 19.: at UMBC*

Jan. 22: vs. Stony Brook*

Jan. 26: at UMass Lowell*

Jan. 29: at NJIT*

Feb. 2: vs. UMBC*

Feb. 5: at Hartford*

Feb. 9: vs. Maine*

Feb. 12: vs. Vermont*

Feb. 16: at Binghamton*

Feb. 19: vs. New Hampshire*

Feb. 23: at Maine*

Feb. 26: at Stony Brook*

March 1: vs. Hartford*

*America East Conference game

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UALBANY WOMEN’S BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

Nov. 10: vs. Hofstra

Nov. 16: at Merrimack

Nov. 24: at Cornell

Nov. 28: at Boston College

Dec. 1: vs. Bryant

Dec. 5: at Colgate

Dec. 8: at Vanderbilt

Dec. 12: vs. Siena

Dec. 15: vs. Canisius

Dec. 18: vs. SUNY Canton

Dec. 21: vs. Central Connecticut

Dec. 30: at Hartford*

Jan. 2: vs. Vermont*

Jan. 5: at Binghamton*

Jan. 8: vs. New Hampshire*

Jan. 12: at UMass Lowell*

Jan. 15: at NJIT*

Jan. 19: vs. UMBC*

Jan. 22: at Stony Brook*

Jan. 26: vs. UMass Lowell*

Jan. 29: vs. NJIT*

Feb. 2: at UMBC*

Feb. 5: vs. Hartford*

Feb. 9: at Maine*

Feb. 12: at Vermont*

Feb. 16: vs. Binghamton*

Feb. 19: at New Hampshire*

Feb. 23: vs. Maine*

Feb. 26: vs. Stony Brook*

*America East Conference game

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SIENA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL MAAC SCHEDULE

Dec. 20: vs. Rider

Dec. 30: at Manhattan

Jan. 1: vs. Niagara

Jan. 6: at Iona

Jan. 8: vs. Quinnipiac

Jan. 13: at Marist

Jan. 15: vs. Manhattan

Jan. 20: at Rider

Jan. 22: vs. Fairfield

Jan. 27: at Niagara

Jan. 29: at Canisius

Feb. 3: vs. Monmouth

Feb. 5: vs. Iona

Feb. 10: at Saint Peter’s

Feb. 12: at Fairfield

Feb. 19: vs. Marist

Feb. 24: vs. Canisius

Feb. 26: at Quinnipiac

March 3: vs. Saint Peter’s

March 5: at Monmouth

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