The Albany State basketball team opens the SIAC tournament as the ten seed. The Golden Rams will have a full schedule if they intend to win the title. ASU is also full of motivation for its first round opponent.
Albany State and Kentucky State have some history in the conference tourney. Kentucky State beat the golden rams on a last second basket ending their season in the first round. It's the game that got away for ASU, and it's still fresh on the minds of the Golden Rams.
"There are still some issues there with that game last year. The way they beat us coming back and scoring us at the end to knock us out. We still have in our hearts...some revenge that we want to get from those guys," Albany State Head Coach Chris Cameron said.
"We lost to Kentucky State last year, so we're really trying to come out strong...and get this ring," Senior Forward Demarcus Blunt said.
Albany State Lady Rams Open as Seven Seed
The Albany State Lady Rams should have plenty of recent film on their first round opponent. Claflin University and ASU met last Saturday resulting in a 78-65 victory for the Lady Rams.
To win the SIAC, Albany State will have the undesirable task of winning four games in five days. With the offense peaking at the right time, ASU Head Coach Robert Skinner's confidence may be at an all-time high.
"Sky's the limit. You go out and put your best foot forward and prepare and just play hard every night. You hope and pray that it all falls in to place," Coach Skinner said.
"I see potential in us. As a team, I feel like we are a good team. We can beat anybody as long as the leaders lead and the followers follow," Senior Breanna Fields said.
Both ASU squads will travel to Atlanta Tuesday. The Lady Rams tip off against Claflin Tuesday at 6 PM. While the men's team faces Kentucky State Wednesday at 12 PM.