UAlbany Hoping For Strong Second Half Of League Play
The University at Albany men's basketball team has done a lot of good things so far this season.
They've posted 13 wins overall and are halfway to 10 wins in America East Conference play.
Still, junior guard Logan Aronhalt knows it will take more than a 5-3 second half of the league season to capture the regular season title.
"I think we have to do better than that," he said.
The Great Danes (5-3, 13-9) kick off the back half of conference play on Saturday, when they travel to take on the University of Hartford, at 4 p.m.
The problem for UAlbany so far is that they sit in fourth place, losing to the three teams (Stony Brook, Boston U. & Vermont) in front of them and beating the five teams (UMBC, New Hampshire, Binghamton, Maine & Hartford) behind them. They can take solace in knowing that all three of their losses came on the road, but they also must hold serve with those teams when they travel to Albany.
The Great Danes have been working all season on their defense. Offense hasn't been a problem, as the team is averaging 73.6 points per game and are 10-1, when they score more than 75 points in a game. Coach Will Brown has been trying to get his team to buy in on the defensive end. If they can start playing better defense, there may be no stopping this team.
UAlbany has the elements to be a tough out in the postseason. They have a legitimate scorer in junior guard Gerardo Suero, whose fourth in the country in scoring (21.5 ppg). They also have two other excellent perimeter players in Aronhalt and point guard Mike Black.
While they are more talented on the perimeter, John Puk, Blake Metcalf and Luke Devlin are all capable of having a big game.
In the second half of the America East schedule, the Great Danes play the league's tougher teams at home. If they can continue winning at home, where they are 8-0 this season, this team should be right there for a shot at the regular season conference title.