With March Madness set to begin this week, several colleges in the region have their sights on the NCAA tournament.
The University at Albany men’s basketball team has a brunchtime date with Vermont with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line.
The fourth-seeded Great Danes are in Burlington for Saturday’s 11:30 game against the second-seeded Catamounts.
According to head coach Will Brown, UAlbany is looking for a repeat of its 2007 trip to Vermont, when it won a thriller to win a second America East title.
"We have to be even-keeled, relax, and not let the atmosphere get to us," Brown said. "Easier said than done. "
On the women’s side, top-seeded UAlbany hopes to complete an undefeated conference schedule when it faces second-seeded Hartford at home tonight at 7. The Great Danes are hoping for their second straight trip to the NCAAs, but have a challenge on their hands: Hartford took UAlbany to overtime before eventually falling earlier this year.