MEN'S BASKETBALL OPENS AMERICA EAST PLAY WITH VISIT TO ALBANY
Scouting the Wildcats (3-9)
New Hampshire (3-9, 0-0 America East) registered a 1-1 record for the week...the Wildcats participated in the Kent State Classic this past weekend...UNH opened the tournament with a thrilling 65-64 victory over Elon in the first round as senior co-captain Blagoj Janev (Sydney, Australia/Australia Institute of Sport) poured in 22 points, while classmate Jermaine Anderson (Beverly, Mass./Phillips Exeter) posted six points, six assists and five rebounds...Anderson scored the winning basket with two seconds remaining when he raced down the full length of the court to put the ‘Cats into the title game on a drive to the basket...UNH suffered a tough 74-47 loss to the host team Kent State in the title game...Janev recorded a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) en route to being named to the all-tournament team...UNH’s season-high two game winning streak was snapped in the loss...UNH enters conference play with its seventh straight road game as they take on defending conference champion University at Albany on Wednesday (Jan. 3) at 7:00 p.m....the Wildcats won two regular season games against Albany last season, but lost in the semifinal round in the America East Tournament ending their 2005-06 campaign with an overall record of 12-17...UNH remains on the road with a visit to the University of Maine on Saturday (Jan. 6) with the tip-off set for 7:00 p.m.

Scouting the Great Danes (7-5)
The Great Danes had their five-game winning streak halted in a 73-66 road loss at Utah Valley State on Dec. 30.  UAlbany’s Jon Iati netted a season-high 25 points off the bench, including a career-best seven 3-pointers. Iati posted the second-best single-game 3-point total in the program’s Division I history.Albany is above the .500 mark for the first time after 12 games as a Division I program... The Great Danes split a pair of contests on their recent trip to the Beehive State... UAlbany edged Utah, 59-58, on Dec. 28, as Jamar Wilson (Bronx, N.Y./Our Savior New American School) hit a fastbreak layup with 34 seconds remaining... Brent Wilson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/ Prairie) turned in a 22-point, 9-rebound performance.. Jason Siggers (Dallas, Texas/Skyline) added a career-high 22 points and made a career-best six 3-point shots... The Great Danes committed a season-low nine turnovers and canned 11-of-26 three-point attempts... UAlbany lost when leading at the intermission for the first time since Feb. 16, 2005, plus had its string of three-straight road victories halted... Jamar Wilson had 14 of his 20 points in the opening period... Wilson moved into third place on the school’s career assists list with 395.


THE SERIES: New Hampshire and UAlbany are meeting for the 13th time. The Great Danes have won seven of the previous 12 contests.  UAlbany posted a 67-54 victory in the America East Tournament semifinal round. Brent Wilson had 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting. Blagoj Janev scored 12 for the Wildcats. UNH won both regular-season games in overtime. Jermaine Anderson and Mike Christensen combined for 11 points in the extra period in a 78-71 win at Lundholm Gymnasium on Feb. 23 in snapping UAlbany’s seven-game conference winning streak. Janev compiled 22 points and the Wildcats made 11-of-24 from three-point range in a 75-
72 overtime victory on Jan. 22.


UAlbany-New Hampshire All-Time Series
Jan. 20, 2002 New Hampshire 71, UAlbany 60 (Lundholm Gymnasium)
Jan. 30, 2002 UAlbany 74, New Hampshire 57 (Recreation & Convocation Center)
Jan. 11, 2003 UAlbany 61, New Hampshire 58 (Recreation & Convocation Center)
Feb. 16, 2003 UAlbany 87, New Hampshire 79 (Lundholm Gymnasium)
Jan. 8, 2004 UAlbany 57, New Hampshire 52 (Lundholm Gymnasium)
Feb. 7, 2004 New Hampshire 60, UAlbany 54 (Recreation & Convocation Center)
Mar. 5, 2004 New Hampshire 43, UAlbany 38 (America East Tournament, Boston, Mass.)
Jan. 6, 2005 UAlbany 73, New Hampshire 51 (Lundholm Gymnasium)
Feb. 5, 2005 UAlbany 81, New Hampshire 68 (Recreation & Convocation Center)
Jan. 22, 2006 New Hampshire 75, UAlbany 72, OT (Recreation & Convocation Center)
Feb. 23, 2006 New Hampshire 78, UAlbany 71, OT (Lundholm Gymnasium)
Mar. 5, 2006 UAlbany 67, New Hampshire 54 (Events Center - America East Semifinal)


WHO TO WATCH FOR:
This contest features two America East Preseason All-Conference First Team members. Wildcat senior co-captain Blagoj Janev and Albany’s Jamar Wilson both look to guide their teams into the win column heading into America East opening night. Janev, who was named to the Kent State Classic All-Tournament Team posted 22 points in a 65-64 win over Elon. The senior forward notched a double-double the following day (10 points, 11 rebounds) in a loss to Kent State for the tournament title. Wilson, who leads the conference in scoring with 17.4 points per game has been a leader on and off the court for the defending conference champions. Wilson also leads the Great Danes in rebounding (6.3 rpg) and in assists (5.3 apg).
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