Albany Capsule

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

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