Albany vs. Vermont: Full Game Preview

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Albany vs. Vermont: Full Game Preview
Albany
(23-10, 11-6 away)
Vermont
(21-10, 12-4 home)
Venue: Patrick Gym
11:30AM ET / 8:30AM PT, March 16, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Albany M Black 15.0 S Rowley 6.5 P Hooley 3.0
Vermont C Rugg 11.4 B Voelkel 8.7 B Voelkel 4.9

On Saturday, Vermont plays host to Albany at Patrick Gym. The game tips off at 11:30 p.m. EST and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Catamounts defeated the Great Danes 50-43 on Jan. 26 and are 9-2 against them over the past four years.

Vermont is second in the America East and Albany is in fifth. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

The Catamounts got past Maryland-Baltimore County 85-72 on Mar. 10 with the help of 18 points from Candon Rusin. In addition to his 8.0 points per game, he is also chipping in 1.5 rebounds per game. For the Great Danes, Mike Black put up 16 points in the 61-59 win over Stony Brook on Mar. 10. His 15.0 points per game is the highest mark on the team. A key area of strength for Albany is defensive rebounding percentage at 72.3, which ranks second in their conference (and 44th nationally).

Albany StatSmack

  • That must sting. Vermont has blown out Albany by 20 points or more on four occasions since 2000.
  • Vermont has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (70.1 percent to 49.4 percent).
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Vermont currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (995 to 955) than Albany, per the NCAA.
  • Vermont has a stronger schedule than Albany this season (SOS Rank: No. 255 vs. No. 298).
  • Even computers respect Vermont more. Vermont has a better RPI this season than Albany (RPI: No. 130 vs. No. 149).
  • Vermont has an average margin of victory of 13 over Albany in 22 wins since 1999.
  • Vermont has a better conference record than Albany this season (11-5 vs. 9-7).
  • A for effort, but Vermont has emerged victorious against Albany the last eight times they've played.
  • The Vermont assist leader (Brian Voelkel, 151 assists) has more assists than the Albany assist leader (Peter Hooley, 93 assists).
  • Vermont has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Albany (five vs. two).
ALB Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Mike Black 32 15 3 2 1 0 3
C+ Jacob Iati 0 12 2 2 1 0 1
C Sam Rowley 25 9 6 1 1 0 2
C Peter Hooley 26 8 3 3 1 0 2
C- John Puk 21 6 4 1 0 0 1
D+ Blake Metcalf 20 4 4 1 0 1 1
D+ Gary Johnson 12 3 2 1 1 0 1
D Jayson Guerrier 14 4 2 0 0 0 1
D Luke Devlin 11 3 2 0 0 0 1
D Reece Williams 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D DJ Evans 10 3 1 1 0 0 1
D Chris Page 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
D Dave Wiegmann 3 0 1 0 0 0 0
UVM Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Brian Voelkel 31 6 9 5 1 0 2
C+ Clancy Rugg 28 11 6 1 1 0 2
C S. Carissimo 30 10 3 2 1 0 1
C Luke Apfeld 23 11 4 1 1 0 1
C Ethan O`Day 21 6 4 1 1 1 1
C- Trey Blue 21 9 2 1 1 0 2
D+ Candon Rusin 22 8 2 0 0 0 2
D B. Kilpatrick 11 3 2 1 0 0 1
D Josh Elbaum 14 2 2 1 1 0 1
D Ben Crenca 8 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Troy Davine 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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