ALBANY, N.Y. – One more win is the only thing standing between the University at Albany men’s basketball team and the outright conference championship.
The Great Danes already have a share of the regular season title, but they could claim sole possession for the first time in eight seasons on Wednesday night.
Being conference champions would assure them an automatic bid into the NIT, but that means nothing if they don’t take care of business against the University at Maryland Baltimore County.
Despite the Retrievers’ losing record, they’d love nothing more than to spoil the Danes night.
“We know that they do have the talent, and they can beat good teams, and they play hard,” senior forward Sam Rowley said. “That’s the thing in our league. Any team that plays hard has a chance to beat any other team, so we are very weary of that.”
“It’s like I tell the guys – when you have a target on your back you are getting everybody’s best shot,” head coach Will Brown said. “Doesn’t matter where they are in the standings. If it’s a team that’s struggling, you can make their season this point in time.”
And UMBC is struggling. The Retrievers are just 2-12 in conference play this year, though they are coming off a win.
Wednesday’s game tips off at 7 p.m.