Team Profile: 2007 BracketBuster Preview: Albany at Boise State
Though there aren’t any major NCAA Tournament implications at stake in this game, a road win would certainly give Albany (18-7, 11-2) an injection of confidence as they try to the win the America East regular season title for the second consecutive season. It might also be enough to keep the Great Danes out of the dreaded 1-16 game. Let’s hope the Albany athletic department can get this squad on a plane for this 2,500 mile road trip, the longest facing any team in the event.A win for Boise State (13-11, 7-5) would increase the Broncos’ chances for an NIT bid, but they’re an awfully long shot to win the WAC Tournament with the likes of Nevada, New Mexico State, Utah State, and Hawaii to get through. The Broncos are trying to restore pride to the BSU program and the dominance they used to have at Taco Bell Arena.
Key Matchup: BSU’s Coby Karl vs. Albany’s Jamar Wilson
George Karl’s son will showcase his talent to a national television audience. The senior guard is scoring a team-high 15.5 ppg and shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc. Wilson, at 6-foot-1, scores 18 ppg, grabs 6.5 rebounds and dishes out 5 assists for the Danes.
Prediction: Boise State 75, Albany 65
A game featuring two teams with contrasting styles usually goes to the one with more weapons. In this case, that’s also the team playing at home. Boise State has four players averaging double figures in scoring and has also played better against quality teams, beating BYU and losing battles at Washington State and Nevada by a combined six points.