The college basketball season tips off for both the UAlbany Great Danes and Siena Saints tonight at the Times-Union Center. The men’s game can be heard on Fox Sports 980AM tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Last season, on the men's side, the Great Danes beat the Saints 69-56 and went on to play in the NCAA tournament. The Danes won 24 games, the Saints lost 24. Tonight marks the debut of new men’s head coach Jimmy Patsos.
On the women's side, the Great Danes also beat Siena 65-48 and later went to the NCAA Tournament. The women play at 5 p.m. and the men tip around 7 p.m.
Student tickets are near-sold out for the game. Fans are encouraged to call the Times Union Center at 518-487-2000 for tickets.
For the women, the Great Danes have won the past three Albany Cup games and look to tie the all-time series. Siena currently leads 5-4.
Siena is coming off a 13-18 year in the first season under Head Coach Ali Jaques. The Saints went 8-10 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and made the semifinals of the MAAC Tournament, falling to Iona.