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Albany Great Danes
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School Name: University of Albany,
State University of New York
Location: Albany, NY
Arena: Recreation and Convocation Center
Capacity: 5,000
Conference: America East
Head coach: Will Brown

The Albany Great Danes Basketball team is the basketball team that represent the University at Albany, The State University of New York in Albany, New York. The school's team currently competes in the America East Conference and plays its home games at SEFCU Arena. The team played in the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in both 2006 and 2007, and are currently coached by Will Brown.

Team history

The Early Years: "Doc" Sauers

Richard “Doc” Sauers served as Great Danes men's basketball coach from 1955-1997. He led the program to eleven NCAA and four NAIA post-season tournament appearances in his tenure. Sauers finished his career with a 702-330 record in 41 seasons. Sauers achieved the 700-win mark on February 8, 1997 in an 89-71 victory over the University of Bridgeport. He would retire one month later and be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2004. A banner is flown in the rafters of the SEFCU Arena honoring Sauers accomplishment of 702 wins. The college is also planning on naming the court at SEFCU Arena in his name in the near future.

The 2005-06 Season: "Why Not Us?"

On March 11, 2006, the men's basketball team won the America East conference tournament, earning the school (and the SUNY system) its first ever berth to the NCAA Tournament, defeating the University of Vermont 80-67 in a sold out RACC. The Great Danes were seeded #16 in the Washington, D.C. region and were matched up against top-seeded UConn. Despite the #16 seed being 0-87 before Albany took the floor, Head Coach Will Brown believed that his team had a chance to beat UConn in the tournament. With that, the team took the motto, "Why Not Us?".

On March 17, 2006, the Danes nearly became the first #16 seed to defeat a #1 seed in the Division I tournament. The Danes, down only 1 at the half, went on a 13-0 run early in the second half to take a double-digit lead over the Huskies. With the game televised on CBS, the Danes led 50-38 with just over 11 minutes left in the game. However, a late run by the Huskies' stifling defense stopped the Danes' offense, and the Huskies averted the upset, winning 72-59. The play against UConn gave the program instant notoriety.

The 2006-07 Season: "Lucky 13"

In the 2006-07 season, the Great Danes faced a much stronger America East conference. The Great Danes would accomplish a 20-9 regular season, but be the #2 seed in the conference tournament. This forced the Great Danes to travel to Vermont, who was the #1 seed for the conference championship, and were previously 0-7. On March 10, 2007, the Danes' won their second consecutive America East title beating Vermont 60-59 in the conference final on a last second steal by Carl Ross and Brent Wilson.

The Great Danes would be seeded 13th in the South Division of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Creating a new motto "Lucky 13" which was worn on T-Shirts sold on campus. On March 16, 2007 two busses carrying approximately 80 students would drive a total of 11 hours to see their Danes at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio to see the #13 seed lose to the #4 seed Virginia Cavaliers 84-57 in the first round of the Tournament.

Prior to the conclusion of the season, the program would retire the number 31 of player Jamar Wilson. Wilson finished his career as the school’s all-time scorer with 2,164 points, plus ranked second in assists with 488. Wilson also became the first player in school history to score 500 points or more in three different seasons. He would also win two America East Player of the Year Awards, something only three other people in conference history had achieved. No athlete in the program's history has had their number retired prior.

The 2008-09 Season: UAlbany Hosts the Tourney

With only two of their remaining pieces from the "Why Not Us?" team still intact, Brian Connelly and Jimmie Covington, the Danes would look to rebuild with eight newcomers to the team. They would start the season 0-2 after matchups with Big East opponents Villanova and DePaul in "homecoming" games for their seniors. A 5-0 run after the slow start would put the Danes' in prime position to upset their crosstown rival Siena Saints, who had just endured 3 loses over 4 days at the 2008 Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Florida. However the Danes' would fall short by seven points. The Great Danes would win three of their next four games including a game postponed for snow and difficult travel conditions in Fairfield, Connecticut against Sacred Heart before closing out the calendar year against the defending national champions Kansas Jayhawks. The purple-and-gold squad would fall behind early and not show any signs of life against the Jayhawks, in a 79-43 loss on nationally televised ESPNU.

Entering conference play the Danes had an 8-5 record before falling to 8-6 and 0-1 in the conference with a loss to Hartford Hawks, after heading home the team would rebound with a last second win against conference favorite Boston U. Terriers 62-61 and also giving coach Will Brown his 100th career victory as head coach of the team. Following Brown's 100th win, the team would win for the third consecutive time in Burlington, Vermont, beating the heavily favored Catamounts by a score of 82-77, the team would then return home to beat I-88 rival Binghamton by a score of 72-66. However the team would struggle down the remainder of the conference schedule, winning only 3 of their final 12 conference games.

With the America East Conference Tournament at SEFCU Arena for the first time in Albany's 9 year history as a member of the conference; the Great Danes would head into the tournament as the #7 seed with a 6-10 conference record, and face the #2 seeded Catamounts yet again. Prior to the 2009 season the #7 seed had gone 0-23 in games against the #2 overall seed, however Albany would prevail and upset the higher seeded Catamounts 56-52, but would lose to UMBC in the semi-finals. Other tournament games included the #8-9 matchup in which the Hartford Hawks would beat Maine on Friday, March 6 to advance to a matchup against top-seeded Binghamton. The Bearcats would then beat the Hawks, and other semi-final games included UMBC upsetting the 3rd seeded Boston U. Terriers, and the UNH Wildcats would beat Stony Brook in the #4-5 matchup. The other Sunday semi-final matchup had #1 Binghamton beat #4 New Hampshire. Binghamton hosted UMBC on Saturday March 14 on ESPN2 for the 2009 Championship.

Coaches

Current Coaching Staff

  • Head Coach - Will Brown (Dowling, 1995)
  • Assistant Coach - Pat Filien (Saint Rose, 1993)
  • Assistant Coach - Chad O'Donnell (Springfield, 1994)
  • Assistant Coach - Jeremy Friel (New Hampshire, 2005)
  • Director of Basketball Operations - Brent Wilson (UAlbany, 2008)
  • Graduate Assistant - Josh Pelletier (Saint Rose, 2009)

All-Time Head Coaches

Years Coach Win Loss Win % Conference
Titles
NCAA Tournament
Appearances
NCAA Titles
1913–1916 Arch B. Swaim 26 10 .722 - - -
1916–1917 Edward Wachter 3 11 .214 - - -
1917–1919 Arthur Maroney 10 11 .476 - - -
1919–1920 Wilfred Clarke 4 8 .333 - - -
1920–1924 Francis Snavely 7 31 .184 - - -
1924–1935 Rutherford Baker 70 37 .654 - - -
1935–1936 Paul Westhead 7 9 .438 - - -
1936–1943 G. Elliot Hatfield 31 57 .352 - - -
1945–1955 Merlin Hathaway 67 107 .385 - - -
1955-1987
1988-1997
Richard Sauers 702 330 .680 2 (ECAC) 24 (10 Division III / 9 ECAC /
4 NAIA /1 College Division)
-
1987–1988 Barry Cavanaugh 16 10 .615 - - -
1997–2000 Scott Hicks 44 39 .530 - - -
2000–2002 Scott Beeten 7 29 .194 - - -
2002–present Will Brown 128 166 .435 2 (America East) 2 (2 NCAA Tournament) -

Retired numbers

31 - Jamar Wilson (2002–07)

702 - Richard “Doc” Sauers (1955–97)

All-Time Records, Standings & Statistics

Coaching Records & Standings

Year Coach Regular Season Conference Post Season
Won Lost Win % Won Lost Win % Standing
Division III (Independent) (1909–1995)
1909-10 4 4 .500 - - - -
1910-11 3 3 .500 - - - -
1911-12 1 4 .200 - - - -
1912-13 Arch B. Swaim 7 3 .700 - - - -
1913-14 Arch B. Swaim 10 3 .769 - - - -
1914-15 Arch B. Swaim 5 1 .833 - - - -
1915-16 Arch B. Swaim 4 3 .571 - - - -
1916-17 Edward Wachter 3 11 .214 - - - -
1917-18 Arthur Maroney 4 8 .333 - - - -
1918-19 Arthur Maroney 6 3 .667 - - - -
1919-20 Wilfred Clarke 4 8 .333 - - - -
1920-21 Francis Snavely 6 6 .500 - - - -
1921-22 Francis Snavely 0 5 .000 - - - -
1922-23 Francis Snavely 1 9 .100 - - - -
1923-24 Francis Snavely 0 11 .000 - - - -
1924-25 Rutherford Baker 5 5 .500 - - - -
1925-26 Rutherford Baker 8 5 .615 - - - -
1926-27 Rutherford Baker 10 1 .909 - - - -
1927-28 Rutherford Baker 7 2 .778 - - - -
1928-29 Rutherford Baker 8 2 .800 - - - -
1929-30 Rutherford Baker 4 6 .400 - - - -
1930-31 Rutherford Baker 3 7 .300 - - - -
1931-32 Rutherford Baker 6 2 .750 - - - -
1932-33 Rutherford Baker 7 3 .700 - - - -
1933-34 Rutherford Baker 4 3 .571 - - - -
1934-35 Rutherford Baker 8 1 .889 - - - -
1935-36 Rutherford Baker 7 9 .438 - - - -
1936-37 G. Elliot Hatfield 6 10 .375 - - - -
1937-38 G. Elliot Hatfield 9 5 .643 - - - -
1938-39 G. Elliot Hatfield 6 6 .500 - - - -
1939-40 G. Elliot Hatfield 4 7 .364 - - - -
1940-41 G. Elliot Hatfield 2 10 .167 - - - -
1941-42 G. Elliot Hatfield 3 8 .273 - - - -
1942-43 G. Elliot Hatfield 1 11 .083 - - - -
1943-44
1944-45
1945-46 Merlin Hathaway 4 5 .444 - - - -
1946-47 Merlin Hathaway 2 14 .125 - - - -
1947-48 Merlin Hathaway 6 8 .429 - - - -
1948-49 Merlin Hathaway 7 14 .333 - - - -
1949-50 Merlin Hathaway 4 15 .211 - - - -
1950-51 Merlin Hathaway 6 13 .316 - - - -
1951-52 Merlin Hathaway 12 6 .667 - - - -
1952-53 Merlin Hathaway 11 9 .550 - - - -
1953-54 Merlin Hathaway 13 7 .650 - - - -
1954-55 Merlin Hathaway 2 16 .111 - - - -
1955-56 Richard Sauers 11 9 .550 - - - -
1956-57 Richard Sauers 17 5 .723 - - - -
1957-58 Richard Sauers 17 5 .723 - - - - NAIA District 31 Tournament
(Loss to Rider 52-42)
Division III (SUNYAC) (1958–1995)
1958-59 Richard Sauers 17 8 .692 - - - - NAIA District 31 Tournament
(Win over Pratt 68-60)
(Loss to Fairleigh Dickinson 56-53)
1959-60 Richard Sauers 16 10 .615 - - - - NAIA District 31 Tournament
(Loss to Maryland State 73-55)
(Loss to Pratt 61-55)
1960-61 Richard Sauers 22 6 .786 - - - - NAIA Distrcit 31 Tournament
(Win over Jersey City 64-63)
(Loss to Maryland State 69-53)
1961-62 Richard Sauers 19 6 .760 - - - -
1962-63 Richard Sauers 14 12 .538 - - - -
1963-64 Richard Sauers 11 11 .500 - - - -
1964-65 Richard Sauers 16 6 .727 - - - -
1965-66 Richard Sauers 13 9 .591 - - - -
1966-67 Richard Sauers 15 7 .682 - - - -
1967-68 Richard Sauers 18 4 .818 - - - -
1968-69 Richard Sauers 18 6 .750 - - - - NCAA College Division East Regionals
(Loss to Wagner 109-64)
(Win over Le Moyne 71-70)
1969-70 Richard Sauers 13 9 .591 - - - -
1970-71 Richard Sauers 17 5 .773 - - - -
1971-72 Richard Sauers 17 6 .739 - - - -
1972-73 Richard Sauers 17 8 .680 - - - - ECAC Upstate New York Tournament
(Win over St. Lawrence 69-55)
(Loss to Union 69-64)
1973-74 Richard Sauers 17 8 .680 - - - - ECAC Upstate New York Tournament
(Loss to Brockport 81-64)
(Win over Geneseo 94-73)
1974-75 Richard Sauers 15 10 .600 - - - - NCAA Division III East Regionals
(Loss to St. Lawrence 82-63)
(Loss to Rensselaer 72-55)
1975-76 Richard Sauers 12 11 .521 - - - -
1976-77 Richard Sauers 19 7 .731 - - - - NCAA Division III East Regionals
(Win over Ithaca 75-58)
(Loss to Oneonta 47-46)
1977-78 Richard Sauers 15 9 .625 - - - - ECAC Upstate New York Tournament
(Win over Oneonta 59-49)
(Win over Hamilton 101-95 in OT)
1978-79 Richard Sauers 20 7 .741 - - - - NCAA Diviosion III South Regionals
(Loss to Savannah State 82-81 in OT)
(Win over Lane 83-82 in OT)
1979-80 Richard Sauers 21 6 .778 - - - - NCAA Division III East Regionals
(Win over St. Lawrence 75-66)
(Loss to Potsdam 87-72)
1980-81 Richard Sauers 23 5 .821 - - - - NCAA Division III East Regionals
(Win over St. Lawrence 45-44)
(Loss to Potsdam 68-63)
1981-82 Richard Sauers 18 10 .643 - - - - ECAC Upstate New York Tournament
(Win over Oswego 70-66)
(Loss to Hamilton 64-54)
1982-83 Richard Sauers 17 10 .630 - - - - ECAC Upstate New York Tournament
(Loss to Rochester 90-76)
1983-84 Richard Sauers 14 11 .560 - - - - ECAC Upstate New York Tournament
(Loss to Binghamton 46-44)
1984-85 Richard Sauers 22 6 .786 - - - - NCAA Division III East Regionals
(Loss to Worcester Polyechnic 58-57)
(Win over Westfield State 78-70)
1985-86 Richard Sauers 18 9 .667 - - - - ECAC Upstate New York Tournament
(Win over Utica 98-58)
(Loss to Binghamton 62-61)
1986-87 Barry Cavanaugh 21 7 .750 - - - - ECAC Upstate New York Tournament
(Win over Hartwick 72-60)
(Win over Plattsburgh 73-72)
(Loss to Hamilton 65-62)
1987-88 Richard Sauers 16 10 .615 - - - -
1988-89 Richard Sauers 20 8 .714 - - - - ECAC Upstate New York Tournament
(Win over Union 74-60)
(Win over St. John Fisher 85-75)
(Win over Geneseo 83-76)
1989-90 Richard Sauers 20 9 .690 - - - - NCAA Division III East Regionals
(Win over Potsdam 85-75)
(Loss to North Adams 69-66)
(Loss to Southeastern Massachusetts 92-91)
1990-91 Richard Sauers 14 12 .538 - - - -
1991-92 Richard Sauers 21 7 .750 - - - - NCAA Division III East Regionals
(Win over New York University 72-66)
(Loss to Rochester 75-49)
1992-93 Richard Sauers 15 10 .600 - - - -
1993-94 Richard Sauers 25 3 .893 - - - - NCAA Division III East Regionals
(Win over St. John Fisher 84-72)
(Win over Richard Stockton 60-54)
(Loss to New York University 67-65)
1994-95 Richard Sauers 18 8 .692 - - - - NCAA Division III East Regionals
(Win over St. John Fisher 92-84)
(Loss to Geneseo 71-70)
Division III (New England Collegiate Conference) (1995–1997)
1995-96 Richard Sauers 12 15 .444 - - - - New England Collegiate Conference Tournament
(Loss to Le Moyne 76-73 in OT)
1996-97 Richard Sauers 17 10 .630 - - - - New England Collegiate Conference Tournament
(Loss to Massachusetts-Lowell 61-50)
Division II (Independent) (1997–1999)
1997-98 Scott Hicks 19 8 .704 - - - - ECAC Division II Tournament
(Loss to Merrimack 92-82)
1998-99 Scott Hicks 14 14 .500 - - - - ECAC Division II Tournament
(Loss to Merrimack 76-62)
Division I (Independent) (1999–2001)
1999–2000 Scott Hicks 11 17 .393 - - - -
2000-01 Scott Beeten 6 22 .214 - - - -
Division I (America East Conference) (2001–Present)
2001-02 Scott Beeten

Will Brown

8 20 .286 5 11 .313 T-8th America East Conference Tournament
(Quarterfinal Loss to Hartford 65-49)
2002-03 Will Brown 7 21 .250 3 13 .188 T-9th America East Conference Tournament
(Quarterfinal Loss to Vermont 81-62)
2003-04 Will Brown 5 23 .179 3 13 .167 10th America East Conference Tournament
(First Round Loss New Hampshire 43-38)
2004-05 Will Brown 13 15 .464 9 9 .500 4th America East Conference Tournament
(Quarterfinal loss to Binghamton 76-70)
2005-06 Will Brown 21 11 .656 13 3 .813 1st America East Conference Tournament
(Quarterfinal Win over UMBC 79-65)
(Semifinal Win over New Hampshire 67-54)
(Championship Win over Vermont 80-67)
NCAA First Round (Loss to UConn 72-59)
2006-07 Will Brown 23 10 .697 13 3 .813 2nd America East Conference Tournament
(Quarterfinal Win over New Hampshire 64-47)
(Semifinal Win over Boston U. 59-49)
(Championship Win over Vermont 60-59)
NCAA First Round (Loss to Virginia 84-57)
2007-08 Will Brown 15 15 .500 10 6 .625 3rd America East Conference Tournament
(Quarterfinal Loss to Boston U. 68-64 in OT)
2008-09 Will Brown 15 16 .484 6 10 .375 7th America East Conference Tournament
(Quarterfinal Win vs. Vermont 56-52 in OT)
(Semifinal Loss vs. UMBC 64-58)
2009-10 Will Brown 7 25 .219 2 14 .143 9th America East Conference Tournament
(Quarterfinal Loss to Stony Brook 68-59)
2010-11 Will Brown 16 16 .500 9 7 .562 4th America East Conference Tournament
(Quarterfinal Loss to Stony Brook 67-61)
Albany Totals: 1132 864 .576 73 87 .456

All-Time Results on National Television

Date Arena Location Away Team Score Home Team Score Network
February 17, 2006 Stuart C. Siegel Center Richmond, VA Albany 67 Virginia Commonwealth 70 ESPNU
March 11, 2006 SEFCU Arena Albany, NY Vermont 67 Albany 80 ESPN2
March 17, 2006 Wachovia Center Philadelphia, PA Albany 59 (2) UConn 72 CBS
February 16, 2007 Taco Bell Arena Boise, ID Albany 82 Boise State 83 ESPNU
March 10, 2007 Patrick Gym Burlington, VT Albany 60 Vermont 59 ESPN2
March 16, 2007 Nationwide Arena Columbus, OH Albany 57 Virginia 84 CBS, CSTV
December 17, 2007 Cameron Indoor Stadium Durham, NC Albany 70 (6) Duke 111 ESPN2
December 30, 2008 Allen Fieldhouse Lawrence, KS Albany 43 Kansas 79 ESPNU
November 9, 2009 Carrier Dome Syracuse, NY Albany 43 Syracuse 75 ESPNU
December 30, 2009 Dean Smith Center Chapel Hill, NC Albany 70 (9) North Carolina 87 ESPNU

ESPNU Bracketbuster & Return Games

Date Arena Location Away Team Score Home Team Score Network
February 17, 2006 Stuart C. Siegel Center Richmond, VA Albany 67 Virginia Commonwealth 70 ESPNU
December 6, 2006 SEFCU Arena Albany, NY Virginia Commonwealth 57 Albany 75 -
February 16, 2007 Taco Bell Arena Boise, ID Albany 82 Boise State 83 ESPNU
December 22, 2007 SEFCU Arena Albany, NY Boise State 74 Albany 68 -
February 23, 2008 Koessler Athletic Center Buffalo, NY Albany 60 Canisius 64 -
December 23, 2008 SEFCU Arena Albany, NY Canisius 46 Albany 74 -

Big Purple Growl Results

Date Away Team Score Home Team Score RACC/SEFCU Attendance
(4,538 Capacity)
January 29, 1998 New Haven 79 Albany 87 2,327
February 6, 1999 Sacred Heart 55 Albany 70 2.635
February 5, 2000 Stony Brook 53 Albany 67 4,017
February 3, 2001 Army 86 Albany 88 3,006
February 10, 2002 Vermont 45 Albany 61 2,712
February 8, 2003 Maine 82 Albany 71 3,961
February 7, 2004 New Hampshire 60 Albany 54 3,721
February 5, 2005 New Hampshire 68 Albany 81 4,091
February 4, 2006 Boston U. 60 Albany 71 4,538
February 3, 2007 Binghamton 52 Albany 65 4,538
February 2, 2008 Stony Brook 46 Albany 64 4,538
February 7, 2009 Vermont 79 Albany 70 4,538
February 6, 2010 Boston U. 68 Albany 53 4,410
February 5, 2011 Hartford 59 Albany 62 4,037

All-Time Leaders

Points

Rank Player Years Games PPG Avg. Total Points
1 Jamar Wilson 2002–2007 120 18.0 2164
2 Gary Holway 1955–1959 89 20.8 1851
3 Jason Graber 1990–1994 88 20.3 1608
4 Tim Ambrose 2007-2011 124 12.8 1582
5 Morrison Teague 1985–1989 109 14.0 1526
6 Don Cohen 1957–1961 101 14.5 1466
7 Andre Duncan 1994–1998 107 13.6 1453
8 Barry Cavanaugh 1975–1979 99 14.3 1414
9 Rich Margison 1966–1969 67 21.0 1409
10 Will Brand 1998–2002 112 12.5 1405
11 Adam Ursprung 1983–1987 101 13.9 1404

Assists

Rank Player Years Games Ast. Avg. Total Assists
1 Dan Croutier 1981–1985 107 6.0 644
2 Jamar Wilson 2002–2007 120 4.1 488
3 Gary Trevett 1973–1977 86 4.7 406
4 Mike Cinque 1985–1987 55 7.1 389
5 Stephen Sauers 1986–1990 96 4.0 386
6 Todd Cetnar 1988–1991 109 3.4 367
7 Winston Royal 1975–1980 89 4.1 362
8 Stephen Mulderry 1987–1990 76 4.3 325
9 Garry Murray 1990–1994 103 3.0 312
10 Rob Clune 1977–1981 106 2.9 306

Rebounds

Rank Player Years Games Reb. Avg. Total Rebounds
1 Don Cohen 1957–1961 101 13.0 1317
2 Gary Holway 1955–1959 89 13.8 1225
3 Jim Oppedisano 1960–1963 79 11.6 920
4 Adam Ursprung 1983–1987 101 9.0 913
5 Barry Cavanaugh 1975–1979 99 7.9 778
6 John Dieckelman 1980–1983 82 9.1 745
7 Morrison Teague 1985–1989 109 6.6 723
8 Scott Price 1966–1969 68 10.4 707
9 Andre Duncan 1994–1998 107 6.5 696
10 Will Brand 1998–2002 112 6.1 688

2005-06 schedule and results (men)

2005-06 schedule and results (women)

Conference membership history

All-time records

Men

  • All-time overall record: 803-496 (0.618)
  • AEC Record: 20-46 (0.303)

Women

External links

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