RIVERDALE, NY - Two days after going on the road to play MAAC preseason favorite Iona, Siena Basketball continues a challenging stretch when the Saints travel to preseason No. 2 Manhattan Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Draddy Gymnasium. Gameday Central coverage commences with The Anderson Group Pregame Show at 6:30 p.m. locally on Talk1300 AM and 98.7 FM, and online at SienaAllAccess.com.
Watch the game online via the Jasper Sports Network by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page. A.J. Kanell and Scott Knapp '01 have the radio call of the action locally in the Capital Region on both Talk 1300 AM and 98.7 FM. Complimentary online audio of the broadcast can also be accessed by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page.
In addition to watching and listening to the game, read both teams' game notes, and follow the action through the live stats by clicking the corresponding links at the top of the page. Social media updates will be provided courtside by following Siena Men's Basketball's official twitter account @SienaMBB. Join the conversation by using the hashtags #SienaSaints, #MarchOn, #MAACHoops and #NCAAM.
Here's Ten Things to Know About Tonight's Game
1.) Siena continues a tough stretch tonight where they play four of five away from home, which includes road contests at MAAC Preseason No. 1 (Iona), No. 2 (Manhattan), and two-time defending regular season champion Monmouth. The Saints are just 1-8 on the road so far this season.
2.) Four of Siena's first five MAAC contests have been decided by five points or less. The Saints have gone 1-3 in such games.
3.) Four Siena players are averaging in double figures in MAAC play, and five are averaging between 9.2-11.2 points in a balanced offensive attack. Freshman guard Jordan Horn currently paces the squad, averaging 11.2 points in league action.
4.) The Saints' much improved defense is allowing just 69.2 points on 42% shooting including 33% from three over their last eight contests. Siena had allowed an average of 82.6 points on 46% shooting including 36% from three over their first 10 games this season.
5.) The Saints are just 1-12 in night games this season, while averaging 67.4 points on 41% shooting including 34% from three-point range. Conversely, Siena is 4-1 in day games while averaging 76.6 points on 51% shooting including 49% from three. The Saints are in the midst of a span where they play 10 of 11 at night.
6.) Siena is 5-3 when they out-rebound their opponent and winless at 0-10 when they do not. The Saints have achieved a +9.6 average rebound margin in wins and a -1.7 margin in defeats.
7.) Siena ranks 72nd nationally (351 teams) shooting 37.8% from three-point range The Saints are shooting 40.1% from three-point range while averaging 8.1 makes over the past eight games.
8.) Siena has used 10 different starting lineup combinations which is the sixth most nationally. However, the Saints have run out the same Starting Five in three of the past four games.
9.) Manhattan leads the all-time series over Siena, 52-44. The home team has won 14 of the past 16 meetings. Siena snapped a six-game losing streak at Draddy Gymnasium with last season's victory in Riverdale.
10.) The Jaspers were projected to finish second according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll and also received a pair of first-place votes after finishing tied for last place last season. Manhattan is led by the veteran quartet of Zavier Turner, Zan Waterman, Rich Williams, and Calvin Crawford who have combined to score over 4,000 career points.