Friday, February 3, 2012

New York state of mind

While all of New York is focused on the Giants' Super Bowl showdown Sunday against the Patriots, there is a small sliver of hardcore Empire State hoop fans saving room on the sports menu for Saturday's America East appetizer in Albany.

League-leading Stony Brook and its gritty defense travel upstate to take on the Great Danes at SEFCU Arena, where Will Brown is getting it done with scoring. The Seawolves will be tested by Albany's high scoring trio of guards. Gerardo Suero (21.6), Logan Aronhalt (15.9) and Mike Black (13.0) combine for 50.5 points a game for the Great Danes. Stony Brook won on Long Island, 81-68.
The game is the part of Albany's annual Big Purple Growl event and is a sellout.
The pick: Albany announces its arrival as a contender with an overtime triumph.

Saturday in America East

UMaine at UMBC
Chase Plummer, a 6-6 forward, leads the Retrievers with 14 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He had 17 in Retrievers' loss in Orono. Bears look to get back to .500 before hosting Vermont on Monday.
The pick: Black Bears

Hartford at Vermont
Vermont does not have a single player averaging as much as 30 minutes per game, but it does have nine players averaging between 12 and 29. The Catamounts' balance is highlighted by stalwart forward Bryan Voelkel's 6 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists per game. ... Hartford has one player averaging double figure points, Andres Torres at 11.9.
The pick: Vermont rolls into Monday trip to Orono

Boston U. at Binghamton
Bearcats trying to avoid a winless season. Terriers coming off a tough one-point loss to Vermont look to bounce back.
The pick: Boston U. victorious in Vestal

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