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Crosstown Clash for Albany Cup and Bragging Rights

Jessica Fequiere has been a leader for the Great Danes this season, with 19.8 points per game and second in rebounding to Heather Forster. (Photo courtesy of UAlbany Sports)

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 7, 2017) — One of the geographically closest and emotionally intensest rivalries in NCAA Division I basketball resumes on Saturday at the Times Union Center, when the UAlbany and Siena men’s teams tip off to determine the winner of the coveted Albany Cup. 

The men's contest is scheduled for 7:30, and will follow another clash for local bragging rights between the UAlbany and Siena women’s teams, with game time set for 5 p.m.

The men’s game marks the 58th meeting of the two teams, going back to Jan. 5, 1940, with Siena holding a 34-23 series lead, and 10-6 in the Div. I era, but with the Great Danes winning last year’s battle: an 81-72 triumph in the SEFCU Arena on Nov. 27. It was the first home game for UAlbany in the 16 Div. I Albany Cup contests — the TU Center, Siena’s home court, having been the venue for the other 15.

This year, the Great Dane men are off to a 9-1 start, the first time UAlbany has opened a season so strong since the 1993-94 Div. III team. Siena struggled early on, reflected by its 2-6 mark, but has shown marked improvement in its last four contests.

The Great Dane women also boast a better record than their Saints counterparts thus far, 6-2 versus Siena's 4-4. The two teams’ all-time series is tied, 10-10, thanks to UAlbany’s overtime thriller 88-86 win at SEFCU a year ago.

Tickets can be purchased online through Ticketmaster or by calling its ticket line at 800-745-3000. The game will be shown on ESPN3.

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