Nickname: Great Danes Coach: Will Brown Location: Albany, New York Record at Albany: 76-92 Conference: America East Career record: 76-92 Overall Record: 23-9 Conference Record and Finish: 13-3, 1st Seed, Region and Bid: 13, South, Automatic Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 2 NCAA Tournament Record: 0-1 Final Four Appearances: 0 NCAA Tournament Championships: 0 Best NCAA Tournament Finish: First Round (2006) Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: NR Final Associated Press ranking: NR Final Ratings Percentage Index: 78 Record vs. teams in the field: 0-1 Starters: F -- Brent Wilson (6-8, 240, Jr. -- 10.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg) C -- Jason Swiggers (7-1, 280, So. -- 7.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg) G -- Jamar Wilson (6-1, 185, Sr. -- 18.6 ppg, 3.8 apg) G -- Jimmie Covington (6-2, 207, Sr. -- 8.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg) G -- Brian Lillis (6-5, 220, Jr. -- 7.1 ppg, 2.2 apg) Key Reserves: F -- Brett Gifford (6-11, 265, So. -- 1.8 ppg) (statistics before NCAA Tournament) OUTLOOK: The immediate tendency is to dismiss the Great Danes - until recalling how they nearly became the first 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 against Connecticut last season, leading by 12 points with just over 11 minutes to play. Wilson is the go-to player, having scored over 20 points six times in his past eight games, including 22 in the America East title game. Albany has held three of its last five opponents under 50 points, led by conference defensive player of the year Lillis, who will likely draw the assignment of Virginia leading scorer Sean Singletary. The Great Danes are vulnerable inside, but that won't be as much of a hindrance against Virginia's offense, which also revolves around its backcourt. NEXT GAME: Friday vs. (4) Virginia at Columbus, Ohio
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Updated Wednesday, Mar 14, 2007