By: Kiduce Daniel | September 19, 2022
Photo Credit: UAlbany Athletics
The University at Albany men’s basketball team announced their non-conference schedule for the upcoming 2022-2023 season.
UAlbany will open up their season on Nov. 7th, in Maryland, where they will take on the Towson Tigers. Both teams met last November in UAlbany’s home opener when Towson was able to win comfortably, 77-56.
The Great Danes will then take on division three opponent, Immaculata, followed by a neutral-site game against Siena. UAlbany will play their first home game when division three opponent Union comes to town on Nov. 14th. Shortly after, the Great Danes will be back on the road, this time to Pennsylvania, to take on St. Joes. Following the trip to Pennsylvania, the Danes will travel to Dayton, Florida to play two games in the Sunshine Slam tournament.
Florida Atlantic will come to UAlbany on Nov. 26th before the Great Danes leave to play American, University of Massachusetts and Providence College. UAlbany will host LIU Brooklyn on Dec. 14th, in what will be their last non-conference home game.
UAlbany will conclude their non-conference schedule with away games against Loyola Chicago, Northern Illinois and Virginia. The Virginia Cavaliers will likely be the best team that the Great Danes face all season as they are usually mentioned in the same conversation as Kentucky and Duke.
America East Conference play begins when UAlbany hosts New Hampshire on Dec. 31st. Conference play will continue all the way through February, with a notable home game against last year’s America East winner, Vermont on February 4th. UAlbany will also be welcoming Byrant to the America East when the Bulldogs come to town on Feb. 8th.
The Great Danes will close out their regular season on the road in Vermont before getting ready for the America East Conference tournament.
Quarterfinals will begin on Mar. 3rd, with semifinals following and the championship coming on Mar. 11th.
The ultimate goal is an America East championship for the Great Danes, which comes with a bid to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. UAlbany has failed to reach the big dance since 2015, but some hope that can change.
“Our program wants to be challenged every day as we work towards our goal of winning a conference championship,” said Head Coach Dwayne Killings. “To be able to play a crosstown rival, compete against programs from the A-10, Big East, and ACC, and host a future American Athletic Conference opponent at home, will pay dividends as the season progresses. It gives all of our fans a reason to stay tuned in and cheer us on. We can't wait for the start of the journey."