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Great Danes ranked

University at Albany's men's basketball team is finally getting some respect from the pollsters.

For the first time in program history, the Great Danes earned a spot in the College Insider Top-25 Mid-Major poll today. UAlbany is ranked 25th with 61 votes in the poll.

UAlbany is off to its best start in Division I with a 6-2 record through the first eight games. The Great Danes started off with a win over the A-10's Duquesne in the season opener 69-66. Then UAlbany rattled off its best non-conference win ever over the Pac-12's Washington in Seattle, 63-62.

The Great Danes are on a three-game winning streak, defeating crosstown rival Siena, in the Albany Cup, 69-56, Saturday night. Senior guards Mike Black and Jacob Iati pace the balanced Great Danes with averages of 16.9 and 14.8 points per game, respectively.

UAlbany hosts St. Francis (N.Y.) Wednesday night at SEFCU Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

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