Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Danes react to Syracuse's loss

UAlbany held their basketball media day today and one of the hottest topics, and rightfully so, was Syracuse's loss to Le Moyne in a scrimmage on Tuesday.

“That’s a prime example of why we play close scrimmages against other Division I team,” said UAlbany coach Will Brown. “That type of game, where you’re playing a non Division I, I think that can go to a team’s psyche.”

That being said, Brown thinks the Orange's loss will make it tougher for them on Monday night in the season opener at the Carrier Dome as coach Jim Boeheim goes for his 800th victory.

“I think their No. 25 ranking is deserved and I think we’ll see a completely different team as Boeheim goes for 800 on Monday,” said Brown.

Brown said he expects to see a lot more of Syracuse's famous zone coverage on Monday. The Orange played mostly man coverage against Le Moyne.

UAlbany senior Will Harris said he knows exactly what the Syracuse players are going through.

Harris played at Virginia before coming to UAlbany and he said his team had some bad losses when he was there.

"When I was there, we took some losses that we shouldn't have," Harris said. "We had some long postgame talks. We had late night suicides, everything like that, so I can understand what those guys are going through right now."

For the other Great Danes players, it showed that anything can happen once you hit the floor.

"It just showed that any team can get beat on any given night," said junior guard Tim Ambrose.

I'll have more from media day in a little bit.

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