Bracket Projection: Albany

Mike Black is one of several terrific guards for the Albany Great Danes. David Butler II/USA TODAY Sports

The Albany Great Danes enter the NCAA tournament after knocking off Vermont on the Catamounts' home court in the America East title game. Will Brown's squad has been to the Big Dance twice before, but has never pulled off an upset of a top team. Is this the season Albany rises to the challenge?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.


Lunardi's Logic

Give the Great Danes credit for winning the America East crown on the road and for having, well, a great nickname. If you're a low major with little or no NCAA tournament history, you want the moment to last. I just wouldn't want to be the No. 15 seed facing Duke after what happened to the Blue Devils last March.


Best wins: at Washington, at Stony Brook, at Vermont

Worst losses: Quinnipiac, Boston University, at Maine