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Oh, SmAlbany!

Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

Siena's disaster

National embarressment: If you thought it couldn't get worse for Siena basketball, it just did. Both UAlbany and Siena have been selected by ESPN to take part in "Bracket buster Saturday" in February. This is a made-for-TV event in which top mid-major basketball teams play against each other a few weeks before the NCAA tournament. It gets them some national TV exposure and also gives them an extra game against a good team, which they can use to help show the tournament selection committee that they deserve an NCAA bid. For instance, Vermont was selected to play in Bracket Buster Saturday last year before going on to upset Syracuse in the NCAA tournament first round.

Normally, this would be a really good thing. The problem, howver, is that Siena is going to stink this year. They were only picked because ESPN has a contract with the MAAC and all the teams in the league are going to be in bracket buster Saturday. Siena might have a record like 3-19 when this game rolls around. Then they'll have to play one of the best mid-major teams in the country, on national TV. Great. That should boost recruiting.

And trust me, they have no chance in this game. Remember, Vermont was one of the best mid-majors in the country last year, and they lost their bracketbuster game. The only saving grace is that not all the selected teams will play on ESPN. Some games will not be televised. Say an extra Our Father on that one, ye Siena faithful.

UAlbany, on the other hand, might well benefit from a bracket buster game. They are predicted to be the best team in the America East conference this year, and they could certainly stand to benefit from some national exposure. Good for them.
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At 10:27 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said:

Siena will be fortunate to win a single game this year. They fired Lanier as a knee jerk reaction to their sudden second class status in town to UAlbany. With Lanier gone they lost two stud recruits and their top freshman. The new coach is a nice guy but he has no talent this year to work with.    



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