The UAlbany Great Danes basketball team tips off their 2018-2019 season tonight when travel to take on the Iona Gaels. Tip off is set for 8pm with coverage on 1045 The Team getting under way at 730pm. Last night, the Siena Basketball team won their first game of the season in a 69-61 win over George Washington. What are your predictions for the UAlbany and Siena basketball teams? Let us know below.

Jeff Levack- Co-host of Levack and Goz 2-7pm on 1045 The Team 

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Tom "Goz" Goslowski-Co-host of Levack and Goz 2-7pm on 1045 The Team 

UAlbany Basketball
Player To Watch: Junior Transfer Kendall Lauderdale
The big man who transferred from the west coast has been compared more to a football player (6"8" 245lbs) than to basketball player. I'm interested to see if he can just muscle his way to double doubles in conference play this season. 
Game Most Excited To Watch: It is always the Vermont game on the road (February 9th, 2019), however give some love to the November 29th and 30th games in Belfast, Ireland this season. Those afternoon games should be alot of fun to hear on 1045 The Team this season.
Projected Regular Season Finish in Conference Standings: 5th in America East
Projected Regular Season Finish in Conference Tournament: Loss in Semi-Finals
Siena Basketball
 
Player To Watch: Junior Guard Sloan Seymour
Is he good? I think so? Did he land at the right school at the right time? Probably. All of those story lines will be forgotten if the former Shaker product can prove to be a solid contributor to the Saints this season. The focus will be on Seymour all season long because of his local connection.
Game Most Excited To Watch: Monday January 14th vs Monmouth. Levack and I will be at Times Union Center for the game. The Hawks always pose a good threat. If the Saints can beat Monmouth, it could be a "this is a new era" moment in the season.
Projected Regular Season Finish in Conference Standings: 10th in MAAC
Projected Regular Season Finish in Conference Tournament​: Loss in Opening Round Matchup 

Eric Hannmann-Studio Host/Producer 1045 The Team 

UAlbany Basketball
Player To Watch: Freshman Guard Antonio Rizzuto
Game Most Excited To Watch: I always love seeing UAlbany or Siena play teams in the other's respective conference and while they won't play each other this season, the Great Danes play a few MAAC teams. Iona has shown to be the cream of that crop so why not look forward to the season opener for Albany versus the Gaels!
Projected Regular Season Finish in Conference Standings: 5th in America East
Projected Regular Season Finish in Conference Tournament: Loss in Semi-Finals
Siena Basketball
 
Player To Watch: Junior Guard Khalil Richard
Game Most Excited To Watch: December 1st vs. Harvard. Harvard has had some success in the Ivy league plus the Saints should be starting to hit their stride by this point. I'd be really happy to see Siena beat down the Crimson on the first Saturday in December. It is also a double header so you can see Ali Jaques' team play at the TU as well!
Projected Regular Season Finish in Conference Standings: 8th in MAAC
Projected Regular Season Finish in Conference Tournament​: Loss in Quarterfinals