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Game Thread: Albany @ FAU - Nov. 30th 7:00PM

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Game Thread: Albany @ FAU - Nov. 30th 7:00PM



Albany (3-4) @ FAU (2-3)

When: Monday, Nov. 30th 7:00 PM EST

Where: Boca Raton, FL - The Burrow

ESPN 760 Internet Broadcast: Here

Live Video: FAU Pay Per View

Live Stats: None

Albany Team Site: Here


Probable Starters:

FAU

G Ray Taylor 17.0 ppg
G Greg Gantt 12.6 ppg
F Jordan McCoy 5.2 ppg
F Brett Royster 8.8 ppg
C DeMonte Simpson 6.2 ppg


Albany

F Will Harris 15.4 ppg
F Fran Urli 3.0 ppg
C Blake Metcalf 2.4 ppg
G Mike Johnson 7.6 ppg
G Tim Ambrose 15.3 ppg



The Series

Monday's contest will be the first meeting between the two programs.


Albany at a Glance

Taking on FAU, the Danes (America East Conference) are heading into game two of a ridiculous eight game road trip that will conclude against North Carolina on December 30th .

Albany faced UCF on Saturday and lead by as many as six in the second half before falling 76-72 in a tight game all around. Will Harris (23) and Tim Ambrose (25) combined for 48 of Albany’s 72 points on the night.

The combination of Harris (15.4 PPG) and Ambrose (15.3 PPG) are the heart and soul of Albany's offense.

The Danes were down to just eight players at season's end.  To offset that, they brought in a six-man recruiting class that was primarily built for size.

"We are anxious to start putting the pieces of the puzzle together. This team has some variety and versatility. It will be interesting trying to find the right combinations", said Albany Head Coach Will Brown.

Despite this, Brown did express some concern over FAU's Ray Taylor:  "He’s quicker than quick. Raymond Taylor is going to be a handful for us", he said.


FAU at a Glance

The Owls are coming off a 78-58 loss to USF last Friday night in Tampa.  The contest concluded a four game road swing in which FAU went 1-3.

Owls Coach Jarvis is still tinkering with his line-up and rotation. He recently placed light on the fact that he might start one player ahead of another because the player coming off the bench is more motivated in that role.  Thus, there could be more changes Monday.

"We are going to have to play well against them (Albany). They're a scrappy team", said Jarvis.

Adding energy to the Owls interior game, Jordan McCoy continues to impress.  The freshman currently leads FAU with a team best 6.8 rebounds per game.

Ray Taylor continues to dish out the basketball well, and currently enjoys a 2.35 to one assist to turnover ratio.


Latest Line:

TBA


Owl's Nest Prediction

The Owls need to show they can put together two halves of basketball. Additionally, shooting has to improve from a consistency standpoint.  And being back on the home court will help.  They match-up well against the Danes, and should muster the win.

Owls -5
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Re: Men's Hoops Preview: Albany @ FAU - Nov. 30th 7:00PM

Great deal on this game too, $5 for a reserved seat if you bring your ticket stub from Saturday's football game!

Come out and see Lil Ray!
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Re: Men's Hoops Preview: Albany @ FAU - Nov. 30th 7:00PM

We should have a solid turnout…this one will beat finals week…

After that, it will be interesting to see how the community participates until classes start for the Spring Semester.

Hopefully they do some more promotions…
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Re: Men's Hoops Preview: Albany @ FAU - Nov. 30th 7:00PM

To all the disgruntled football fans out there:

Get out and support the basketball team.  It is a lot of fun.  Great entertainment.  Win or lose, you will enjoy yourself.  The future is bright for this young team.

Never thought we would have basketball to look forward to after football season.  Maybe we should be in the Big 10  ;D
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Re: Men's Hoops Preview: Albany @ FAU - Nov. 30th 7:00PM

UAlbany faces tall order in tiny rival

"We had an opportunity to get one (Saturday) night," Brown said of his team's 76-72 loss. "We let it slip away. This is another opportunity. Any time you go on the road, no matter who we're playing, this would be a good win for us."

Taylor leads the Owls, members of the Sun Belt Conference, with 17 points and 6.6 assists per game. Brown has said Taylor, a Miami native, might be the best small player in all of college basketball.

"Raymond Taylor doesn't belong at Florida Atlantic," Brown said. "He's a high-major Division I player. The reason he's at Florida Atlantic is because he's 5-6, 140. Talent-wise, he can play anywhere."

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Re: Game Thread: Albany @ FAU - Nov. 30th 7:00PM

"Holy nobody here Batman"

100 people at most right now.
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Re: Game Thread: Albany @ FAU - Nov. 30th 7:00PM

Danes to watch…




Albany F Will Harris




Albany G Tim Ambrose


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Re: Game Thread: Albany @ FAU - Nov. 30th 7:00PM

Starters:

Albany

F Will Harris 15.4 ppg
F Fran Urli 3.0 ppg
C Brett Gifford 1.3 ppg
G Mike Johnson 7.6 ppg
G Tim Ambrose 15.3 ppg


FAU

G Ray Taylor 17.0 ppg
G Greg Gantt 12.6 ppg
F Jordan McCoy 5.2 ppg
F Brett Royster 8.8 ppg
C DeMonte Simpson 6.2 ppg

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Re: Game Thread: Albany @ FAU - Nov. 30th 7:00PM

Two quick fouls on Taylor...not a good way to start out...
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Re: Game Thread: Albany @ FAU - Nov. 30th 7:00PM

Danes jump out to a 12-6 lead at the first media stop…

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