The University at Albany and Siena College's men's basketball teams will not play their annual Albany Cup rivalry game this upcoming season.
Both UAlbany and Siena released their 2018-19 non-conference schedules Thursday, with one obvious omission -- each other. The absence of the Albany Cup was mentioned in each school's press release.
UAlbany's release made note of the fact that the game had only been played once at SEFCU Arena, its home venue, since 2001.
"While we fully understand the importance of the Albany Cup to the community, we also believe that in fairness to our student-athletes, campus, alumni and fans that this series, like virtually every other college basketball rivalry series, should be played on each team’s home court," UAlbany athletic director Mark Benson said in the release. "We will continue to have a dialogue with Siena in hopes of reaching a more equitable agreement."
Siena noted that the schools have agreed to speak in the future regarding the rivalry.
"Playing the game at the Times Union Center puts the game on the biggest stage in the region and provides the best venue for the most people to see the game," said Siena AD John D'Argenio. "The opportunity to bring 10,000-plus people together to watch college basketball shines a bright light on the Capital Region across the country and demonstrates the area will embrace the sport. We think that is important for the area and the sport to annually play the game at Times Union Center."
UAlbany won last year's meeting 74-69 on Dec. 9.