For all those in the Albany area that consider themselves fans of the U Albany Great Danes men’s basketball team, today is your day. Today is the day after your school’s first ever NCAA tournament victory, albeit one that came in the second-tier first round, or play-in game as it’s more commonly known, where the worst teams in the tournament play for the right to join the square field of 64. They handled Mount St. Mary’s last night, and early this morning landed in Orlando where tomorrow they’ll take on the #1 ranked Florida Gators, a team that’s won 26 straight and the SEC regular and tournament championships. For the sake of comparison, Albany did not win a single game against a team from a so-called “power conference,” even using the term loosely.
With the NCAA Tournament just a week away, two regional colleges will face off Saturday morning for the right to advance to the big dance. University at Albany men’s basketball coach Will Brown has been here before.
Well the men’s NCAA basketball final four matchups are set…
Top seed Kentucky punched its ticket to the Big Easy, knocking out third-seed Baylor 82-70. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist led the way with 19 points. The Wildcats will play fourth-seed Louisville in the tournament’s semifinals on Saturday. The Cardinals reached the Final Four by beating seventh-seed Florida 72-68.