Game 15: UAlbany vs. Boston U.
While UAlbany is 4-0 at home, they have lost two games in a row, including Saturday's conference opener at Hartford.
The Terriers meanwhile could be without star junior Corey Lowe, who could possible be benched by veteran coach Dennis Wolff after getting ejected from Boston U.'s last game, Friday, Jan. 2 agianst Holy Cross.
There are also rumors now that they could be without starter Tyler Morris and sixth man Carlos Strong for the remainder of the year.
We'll see if any or all of these players play this evening.
Records: UAlbany 0-1, 8-6. Boston U. 0-0, 5-7
The Series: The Terriers hold the all-time series 9-7. What's interesting though is Boston U. won the first eight from 2002-2005, while UAlbany has won seven of the last eight.
Player to Watch: Will Harris, junior UAlbany. Harris has played well so far this season, he's averaging 10.5 points and a team-best 5.1 rebounds, but hasn't been the game-changer that I think people were hoping for. In the team's first conference game against Hartford, Harris had 17 points and 10 rebounds and coach Will Brown says Harris has been a different player since having an extensive conversation with his mother over the Christmas holiday. We'll see if his good play becomes a trend or his play remains inconsistent tonight.
X-factor: Rebounding. Brown did my work for me when talking to him yesterday. In the three matchups from last year against the Terriers, the Great Danes won two. In those games they outrebounded Boston U. by an average of 14.5 per game. In the America East quarterfinals loss the Terriers had the rebounding edge, 37-31. This won't necessarily determine who wins, but it could be a huge factor.
Injury Report: For Boston U., look above, as both Morris and Strong could possibly be out this evening.
For UAlbany, Brian Connelly (heel) hasn't practiced since the Kansas game on Dec. 30, Harris has missed two of the last three days with a problem in the arch of his foot and senior Jimmie Covington (shoulder) is out as he still can't lift his arm above his head, also stemming from the Kansas game. Brown said he hopes Covington could practice by Saturday and be ready possibly for Wednesday's home game against Binghamton.
Prediction: UAlbany 68, Boston U. 61 (UAlbany is 4-0 at home. The Great Danes are trying to snap a two-game losing streak and I'm hoping to avoid my first losing skid of the year. My record is 11-3)