The Siena men's basketball team departed campus for Lake
Placid early Thursday afternoon, the first stop on a seven-day tour that makes
its way to Montreal Friday.
Head coach Jimmy Patsos said he plans on showing the team
the movie "Miracle" on the bus ride north, hoping to provide context for a tour
of the historic former Olympic town later in the day.
The team will play five games on the trip, beginning with a
6 p.m. Saturday tip at the University of Quebec. It will be exciting to get an
early glimpse at the new-look Saints on the court, but the real value of the
trip is expected to come from a week of bonding and new experiences.
The Siena program has undergone a complete metamorphosis in
the five months since its disappointing 2012-13 campaign ended in the MAAC
quarterfinals. No change has been more dramatic and impactful than the one at
This week provides Patsos the opportunity to begin the
rebuilding process and put his stamp on the program before the school year even
begins. Throughout his nine-year career at Loyola, Patsos was known for opening
his players' eyes to the world outside of basketball. He prides himself in
developing young men with character who appreciate their surroundings. What
better way to begin his Siena voyage than with an international tour designed
to do just that?
We will join up with the team Friday when they make their
way north of the border and provide daily updates, photos, game summaries and
video interviews from each day of the trip. Please comment below to let us know
what you are most looking forward to about this trip, and what information you'd
like me to see on this blog the next seven days.