ALBANY — The University at Albany men’s basketball team will look to win its third consecutive game when it hosts UMBC 7 p.m. Saturday at SEFCU Arena.
Coming into the America East Conference matchup, UMBC (10-3, 18-10) has won nine of its last 10 games and UAlbany (5-7, 10-17) has won five of its last seven. Most recently, UAlbany won 74-70 Thursday at Stony Brook.
Ahead of UAlbany’s game vs. UMBC, here are 10 numbers to know.
Anniversary UAlbany is celebrating at its game vs. UMBC. To celebrate, UAlbany will pay homage to its school’s history with jerseys featuring “STATE” across their chest and the program’s former mascot “Pedwin the Penguin” will return. For the night, too, the team will go by the “Pedagogues” instead of the “Great Danes.”
Points UAlbany defeated UMBC by last year at SEFCU Arena. UAlbany topped UMBC 83-39 in that game.
Vermont’s games-long road winning streak in conference play that UMBC snapped Thursday. UMBC won 65-56 to take its third consecutive game against first-place Vermont.
Points UAlbany junior Kendall Lauderdale scored Thursday at Stony Brook. That total was a season-high for Lauderdale who is averaging 3.4 points per game this season.
Seconds left in overtime when UMBC’s Ricky Council made a game-winning 3 against UAlbany earlier this season. UMBC won 65-64 in a game UAlbany had multiple-possession leads in both the final two minutes of regulation and in overtime.
Games this season in which UAlbany redshirt freshman Cameron Healy has scored at least 20 points. Healy is leading UAlbany this season at 16.6 points per game and scored a team-high 24 points in Thursday’s win at Stony Brook.
UAlbany’s place in the America East standings. With four games to go in conference play, UAlbany is a half-game out of fifth place and two games out of fourth.
Freshmen UAlbany started Thursday against Stony Brook. For most of the season, the Great Danes have started four freshmen and junior Ahmad Clark. In Thursday’s win, UAlbany replaced Clark — the team’s second-leading scorer at 16.3 points per game — with freshman Malachi de Sousa.
UAlbany players to win America East Rookie of the Week this season. Redshirt freshman Adam Lulka is the reigning top rookie, while Healy and freshman Antonio Rizzuto have earned the honor in the past.
Number of 16 seeds that have upset No. 1 seeds in the history of NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament. That program is UMBC, which topped Virginia last March.