The UAlbany Great Danes and UMass Minutemen will meet on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 7:00pm ET at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. The game will be televised on NESN.
Matchup: UAlbany vs UMass
Time: Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 7:00pm ET (Local time)
Locations: William D. Mullins Memorial Center, Amherst, MA
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The Great Danes are coming off a 17-13 season in 2022-23, while the Minutemen finished with a record of 16-15. Both teams are expected to be competitive again this season, and their meeting on November 7th should be a close and exciting one.
The Great Danes are led by fifth-year head coach Dwayne Killings. Killings has led UAlbany to two America East Tournament appearances in his four seasons at the helm, and he is hoping to lead the Great Danes to their first America East Tournament championship since 2019.
UAlbany returns several key players from last season’s team, including senior guard Justin Nichols and junior forward Gerald Drumgoole. Nichols is UAlbany’s leading scorer and playmaker, while Drumgoole is a versatile forward who can score and defend.
The Great Danes also have a number of talented newcomers, including freshman guard Jaden Duren and freshman forward Amari Kelly. Duren is a highly-touted recruit who is expected to make an immediate impact for UAlbany.
The Minutemen are led by second-year head coach Frank Martin. Martin has led UMass to one NIT appearance in his one season at the helm, and he is hoping to lead the Minutemen to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2014.
UMass returns several key players from last season’s team, including senior guard Noah Fernandes and junior forward T.J. Weeks Jr. Fernandes is UMass’s leading scorer and playmaker, while Weeks Jr. is a double-double threat.
The Minutemen also have a number of talented newcomers, including freshman guard Javonte McCoy and freshman forward Brandon Stone. McCoy is a highly-touted recruit who is expected to make an immediate impact for UMass.
The UAlbany-UMass matchup is a clash of two different styles of play. The Great Danes are a slow-paced team that relies on their defense and rebounding. The Minutemen are a fast-paced team that relies on their athleticism and three-point shooting.
The Great Danes will be looking to slow down UMass’s high-powered offense. The Minutemen averaged 76.8 points per game last season, which was the fourth-most in the Atlantic 10.
UMass will be looking to defend UAlbany’s perimeter shooters. The Great Danes shot 39.3% from behind the three-point line last season, which was the third-best mark in the America East.
The UAlbany-UMass game is too close to call. Both teams are evenly matched, and they have a lot of respect for each other.
I am predicting a close game that comes down to the wire. The team that makes the most plays down the stretch will win.
The UAlbany-UMass game will be televised on NESN on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at 7:00pm ET. You can also stream the game on the NESN app.