Albany 2007 NCAA Tournament Capsule
Albany Great Danes - America East (23-9, 13-3)
Seed: #13 - South Region
Big Wins: 11/11 Bucknell (55-49), 12/28 at Utah (59-58), 3/10 at Vermont (60-59)
Bad Losses: 11/21 at Sacred Heart (71-90), 12/30 at Utah Valley State (66-73), 1/6 at Binghamton (72-83)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2006, First Round loss to Connecticut
Coach: Will Brown (0-1 in 1 NCAA appearance)
Probable Albany Starters:
Jamar Wilson, Senior, Guard, 18.6 ppg, 4.9 apg, 6.3 rpg
Jason Siggers, Senior, Guard, 13.9 ppg, 2.2 apg, 3.9 rpg
Brian Lillis, Junior, Guard, 7.1 ppg, 2.3 apg, 4.9 rpg
Brent Wilson, Junior, Forward, 10.9 ppg, 5.1 rpg
Jimmie Covington, Sophomore, Forward, 2.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg
Key Roleplayers for Albany:
Jon Iati, Junior, Guard, 6.1 ppg, 1.0 apg
Brian Connely, Sophomore, Forward, 5.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg
Brett Gifford, Freshman, Center, 1.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg
Why They Can Surprise:
Jamar Wilson led his team to the NCAAs two years in a row. The 6-1 senior is a prolific scorer from anywhere on the floor. He will rarely light it up from behind the arc, but has the ability. Jamar Wilson will drive to the basket and gets to the charity stripe 6.4 times per game. Besides leading the team in points, he also leads the Great Danes in rebounding and assists.
Albany will not take a lot of three’s, but Jason Siggers, Brent Wilson and Jon Iati can knock them down. Siggers stepped up big for his senior campaign, averaging 13.9 points per game. At 6-8, Brent Wilson can be a mismatch on the offensive end. He will spend most of his time on the perimeter and is the teams most effective long range shooter. Iati is a great weapon off the bench and will come in and knock down a long ball or two.
Why Albany Can Disappoint:
The team will play decent defense, but will not create a lot of turnovers. The Great Danes rarely get quick buckets off steals or blocked shots and that makes it difficult for the team to go on big scoring runs. The other concern is scoring in the post. Jimmie Covington and Brett Gifford are decent defenders, but the underclassmen will not do much scoring. Without much of a threat of scoring in the paint, the defense can clog the lane and prevent Jamar Wilson and Siggers from getting to the basket.
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Who To Watch:
Brian Lillis will do everything from the wing. The junior averages 7.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Albany needs Lillis to help out on multiple levels, but none are more important than in the rebounding department. Without a dominating glass eater in the frontcourt, it is essential for Lillis to work hard picking off the some boards.
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 68.3 (184th in nation, 2nd in conference)
Scoring Defense: 64.5 (70, 3)
Field-Goal Percentage: 45.5 (112, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 43.5 (146, 5)
Free-Throw Percentage: 72.2 (77, 2)
Rebound Margin: 3.4 (64, 2)
Assists Per Game: 13.1 (196, 2)
Turnovers Per Game: 13.4 (81, 5)
Joel’s Bracket Says: First Round loss to Virginia
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