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Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 12/28/2011

Maryland vs. Albany: So who are these Great Danes?

Good morning.

Maryland hosts Albany on Wednesday night at Comcast Center, with Alex Len expected to make his debut for the Terrapins as first-year coach Mark Turgeon finally gets the lineup he envisioned when practice began in October.

Len’s choice of T-shirts is, frankly, awesome.

The game isn’t being televised over the air, but you can catch it at www.TheACC.com or listen to Johnny Holiday on WTEM.

The Terrapins (7-3) will go up against Albany of the America East. Who are these Great Danes?

Record: 7-5.

Any common opponents?: Albany lost at Cornell, 85-82, in overtime on Dec. 17. Maryland hosts the Big Red on Tuesday. The Great Danes also visit Mount St. Mary’s — a team Maryland defeated by three points on Dec. 7 — on New Year’s Eve.

Series history: None, it’s the teams’ first meeting. Albany is 0-4 all-time against ACC teams.

Albany RPI: 176.

Albany SOS: 317.

Best win: The Great Danes, picked to finish fourth in the America East, have yet to beat a team with a winning record. Their best win is probably an 87-63 victory over Colgate on Dec. 7. Among Albany’s losses were a 98-74 defeat to now-No. 1 Syracuse on Nov. 15 and a 66-46 loss at George Mason on Nov. 22. The Great Danes also defeated Navy, 69-62, on Nov. 25.

So very Suero: Albany guard Gerardo Suero, a 6-foot-4 junior, ranks sixth nationally at 21.5 points per game (tied with Maryland guard Terrell Stoglin). Suero, a junior college transfer who hails from the Dominican Republic, is also third in the nation in free throws made and first nationally in free throws attempted. He had 29 points on 9-of-12 shooting and added nine rebounds against Syracuse. Suero’s mother, brother and sister will watch him play in college for the first time on Wednesday night.

Recruiting globally, not locally: The Great Danes have four foreign players on their roster (three of them from Australia) but only one from the state of New York.

By  |  11:13 AM ET, 12/28/2011

 
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