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November 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Scouting report: Albany

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Scouting report: Albany
Game info: 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity)
TV: Pac-12 Networkds (Kevin Calabro and Lenny Wilkens.)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton)
Record: 1-1.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Click here.
Coach: Will Brown is 149-180 in 12 seasons with the Great Danes.
Prediction: Picked to finish fourth in the America East Conference by the league’s coaches.
Series: This is the first meeting between Washington and Albany.
Previous game: Lost 82-60 at No. 4 Ohio State on Sunday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Senior guard Mike Black (above, right) is the kind of player that usually gives Washington fits. He’s 6 feet and exceptionally quick. He’s a slasher, who can also step back behind the arc and hit the three. This season, he’s 4 for 11 on three-pointers. Black leads Albany with a 17.5 scoring average and he tallied 20 against Ohio State in the last outing. His primary role was being a playmaker in previous season. He ranks 12th on the school’s all-time assists list with 304. However, this year the Great Danes need him to score and he’s looking to get points.
Black is a four-year starter who has played in 95 of 100 games during his career. He’s started 61 consecutive games dating back to Nov. 28, 2010.
Black was picked as one of the six members to the preseason All-Conference first team. He’s the conference’s active leading scorer (1,024) and assist man (299). He averaged 13.4 points and 4.3 assists per game last season
— Seems like every mid-major has at least one outstanding shooter and the guy for Albany is fifth-year senior Jacob Iati, who shot a team-best 45.6 percent (36-79) from the three-point line last season. Against Ohio State, he was 1 for 5 on treys. However, he got to the line and was 6-6 at the charity stripe en route to 13 points. At 5-10 and 165 pounds, Iati is the smallest player on the roster.


OVERVIEW:
— Senior wing Jayson Guerrier connected on 41 of 97 (42.3 percent) three-pointers last season. He’s 3 of 10 this season.
— Albany lost its two best players and leading scorers from a team that went 19-15 last season. The Great Danes are still adjusting the the defections. Gerardo Suero, who left to play overseas, averaged 21.5 points which was seventh best in the nation last season. Logan Aronhalt, who averaged 13.8 points, transferred to Maryland. If both had decided to stay, would return all five starters and would have been the favorite to win the America East.
— Eight players received the bulk of the minutes. The best of the reserves is 6-8 junior forward Luke Devlin, who is finally 100 percent after undergoing back surgery June 2010. He was picked to the all-freshman America East team, but hadn’t been the same since the injury. Devlin averaged 5.8 points last season, but he’s capable of big scoring nights. He had 16 points against Maryland last season.
— The Great Danes could be a tired bunch after playing Sunday in Columbus, OH. Coach Brown said: “We’re all over the place early. I’m challenging my team early and often.”
— The Great Danes are 1-2 against current Pac-12 opponents. The lone win came against the Utah Utes, 60-59 (who were previously of the Mountain West Conference when UAlbany played them) on Dec. 28, 2006.
STARTING LINEUP:
C – John Puk, 6-10, 249, Jr., 9.0 ppg., 7.5 rpg., 75.0 FG%
F – Blake Metcalf, 6-9, 235, Sr., 2.5, 1.0, 1.0 apg
F – Jayson Guerrier, 6-4, 210, Sr., 6.5, 1.0, 1.0
G – Mike Black, 6-0, 180, Sr, 17.5, 1.5, 2.5
G – Jacob Iati, 5-10, 165, Sr., 11.0, 4.0, 2.5
KEY MATCHUPS:
— Washington’s backcourt will have a size advantage against many non-conference opponents starting tonight with Albany. These are the games Abdul Gaddy (6-3) and C.J. Wilcox (6-5) can showcase their newly developed low-post skills. Both have improved in this department and has shown glimpses of being able to score in the painted area during exhibitions and summer workouts. College teams don’t rely on isolation basketball as much as the NBA, but Washington would do well to try and get a few easy baskets in the paint rather than rely solely on perimeter shots. This is a chance for Gaddy and Wilcox to gain some confidence scoring in the low post and continue to develop other facets of their offensive repertoire. Aziz N’Diaye dominated in the season opener, but Puk looks a little more formidable then the big guys from Loyola Maryland.

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