UVM Preview

Purple and Gold Nation would like to extend a word of gratitude to YO DAMIEN for the following preview. Well done sir!

 

Time to see if these Danes are for real…again.  There’s no hiding the fact that Albany has a lot to prove each and every time they take the floor.  After going 7-8 OOC and exceeding all expectations, the league has taken notice and interest is piqued.  Albany used a balanced offensive attack Sunday to roll past UNH.  Despite a lackluster defensive showing UNH was held to just 44 points as they couldn’t find the bottom of the basket all game long.  Albany shouldn’t expect the same from their next opponent, Vermont, who many expect to be the class of the conference this year.

The Danes have a clear timing advantage for this one however.  The Catamounts face a stout Stony Brook team today and then have just one day to rest up and focus on Thursday night’s meeting.  Albany, meanwhile, has been idle since their weekend victory.  Expect the Dane’s to make good use of this time as they’ve shown an ability to do earlier this season (think Siena game/week).

Key’s to the Game:

Vermont is deep, even coming off of far less rest than Albany, this may be an issue for the Danes.  Coach Brown has reiterated recently that he would like to get his starters more rest each game, but needs the bench play to improve before this can happen.  There’s no time like the present for someone on the bench to step up.  If not, it will be tough for the Danes to compete for the full 40 minutes.

UVM can shoot and Albany, a couple of exceptions aside, has played decent perimeter defense this season.  The issue is when it rains from 3, it pours; Albany has allowed their opponents to shoot 38.5% or better from beyond the arc five times (GT, Iona, Yale, CCSU, and Xavier).  Albany’s record? 1-4, which includes a one point, last minute victory over CCSU while the other games were losses by an average of just over 23 points.  Don’t let their shooting numbers fool you either, UVM cleans up on the boards too.  They are currently 38th in the nation in overall rpg.  Albany can not afford to turn in anything less than a good defensive performance.

Albany has Tim Ambrose, Mike Black, and Logan Aronhalt…and Vermont does not.  Even if only 2 of the 3 have good games (on both ends) expect the danes to be competitive.  It has been  – and will be – the story all year.  Look for Ambrose and Black to use their physical advantages to get their scoring done in the lane. Logan, who has been on a cold streak, should get some good looks off of Black/Ambrose kick-outs.

Bottom Line:

Vermont is favored and rightfully so, but a win here will mean much more than a 2-0 conference record for the Albany program.  Is this program “back”?  A road win against the catamounts certainly would be a good indicator.  This game will be competitive, but I expect UVM to take care of business at home.  Vermont might be just a bit too much offensively for the Danes to handle, especially for a team still trying to find quality bench play.  It should set up a good rematch when the two teams meet again at the end of the month in Albany.

 

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~ by ClickClack on January 4, 2011.

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