Prior to this year when Albany lost two kids to grad transfer who would have started... Albany had 3 ncaas and 22,21,24,24,19,24,19 win seasons. I think it's fair to say had nichols and cremo stayed Albany would have been close to 20 again. I don't expect Albany to be around 10 wins for long.Vermont getting more from a local walk-on than most teams get from scholarship players they had to travel the country recruiting, says about all you need to know with regards to why the W-L totals for the Catamounts over the last 20 seasons are what they are while other programs find it so difficult to string together back-to-back 20-win seasons.
Clancy Rugg also comes to mind.
There isn't a more deserving school in the AE who earns the title of truly being a "program" in the sense that they have an idea of how to develop players to win basketball games, and they do it. Rosters are always changing, but Vermont just keeps winning. Lonergan left, Becker steps in and just keeps winning. Very impressive, and certainly there are fans across the conference who must be a little envious of those who get to watch and follow such a program every winter--I'd know, I am one of them!
Your point is true for some of the league but not all. Sbu has had many 20 win seasons this decade, this is umbcs 3rd straight year of 20+.
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