Game 11: UAlbany vs. Sacred Heart
The Pioneers went to the championship game of the Northeast Conference last season, but lost to Mount Saint Mary's.
The last time the Great Danes traveled to Sacred Heart they played what coach Will Brown called a terrible game.
Sacred Heart has four starters back from last year and also has gotten the services of graduate student Joey Henley, who is second on the team in scoring and tops in rebounding.
UAlbany has been great so far this year defensively and rebounding and that trend will have to continue if they are to win Friday evening.
Records: UAlbany 6-4. Sacred Heart 3-4
The Series: Sacred Heart leads the all-time series 8-5. UAlbany won last year's matchup 75-57.
X-factor: 3-point defense. The Pioneers are averaging 10 3-pointers in their victories and 5.5 in the four losses. Keeping Sacred Heart from heating up will be imperative to UAlbany's success. The Pioneers have five players who have made more than 8 three's and if they can heat up, there's a good chance they will win.
Prediction: UAlbany 77, Sacred Heart 65 (My record is 8-2)