It didn't take long before Will Brown was asked the next obvious question: Where do you think the University at Albany men's basketball team is headed for its NCAA Tournament game? Brown wasn't about to hold a course in bracketology in a hallway just beyond a very empty Pritchard Gym on Saturday afternoon. Brown and the Danes had just completed an upset of Stony Brook in the America East championship game. All Brown knows is that gives his team a guaranteed trip to the NCAAs for the second straight year. He was going to enjoy this and so was his team. Long Island deli food — Brown's favorite — had been ordered for the 31/2-hour bus ride home. There was going to be no film to watch on this night because Brown won't find out the Danes' opponent until the selection show is aired on CBS at 6 p.m. Sunday. Because the Danes were a fourth seed from a conference with a low RPI (29th out of 32 conferences), logic might dictate that UAlbany will be playing in the First Four portion of the NCAAs in Dayton either Tuesday or Wednesday. "I don't care if we have to go to Alaska, Hawaii, Italy or Japan," Brown said. "I don't care where we go and I don't care where we play. If you are sent to the play-in, you have a chance to get an NCAA win. You would probably be playing a team at a similar level as you." Got to talk to momma UAlbany senior forward Gary Johnson was running around Pritchard Gym like a loon — just like the rest of his teammates — after the final buzzer went off and the Danes had their prized victory. Later on, when he had calmed down, he said the significance of this win would not hit him until he made one special phone call. That would be to his mother in California. "That's when I'll know all of this is real," he said. "It will sink in for sure after I talk to my mom and hear her yelling into the phone."
Not worried about who's next
Albany Times Union | Mar 18