Red-hot Siena puts its perfect 8-0 Times Union Center record to the test Saturday night at 7 p.m. against archrival Marist in a game that will be televised across New York on Time Warner Cable Sports Channel and outside the state on ESPN3.
Over 7,000 tickets were off the system Friday morning, and with capacity capped at 8,422, a sellout is within reach.
Men's basketball alum Jim Mextorf '88 will also be recognized at halftime. Mextorf is in an ongoing battle with T1 diabetes, and several of his friends and family members have helped organize a fundraiser on his behalf Saturday night.
Here's 10 Things You Need to Know About the Saints Heading Into the Game
1) Siena has won five of its last six games, and the Saints are 6-3 since star guard Marquis Wright was lost to a stress fracture. The Saints averaged 90.5 points and shot 57% from the field and 50% (14-28) from three-point range, in their Western New York sweep of Canisius and Niagara.
2) Nico Clareth has scored at least 13 points in seven straight games. Clareth is averaging 16.3 points and shooting 51% from the field and 40% from three-point range over those seven contests.
3) Brett Bisping has scored 20 points or more in five of the last eight games. Bisping leads the MAAC and ranks 56th nationally with 8.9 rebounds per game.
4) Siena is 8-0 at home this season. The Saints are shooting 49% from the field at Times Union Center, and out-scoring their opponents 80-67. Siena plays its next three games at home and four of its next five contests inside the friendly confines of Times Union Center.
5) Lavon Long scored a career-high 25 points in Siena's win at Canisius Sunday. Long made all seven of his field goals and all 11 of his free throws, becoming the first Division I player to post those numbers in nearly 15 years.
6) Siena ranked second in the MAAC and 85th nationally in Thursday's NCAA RPI report (Monmouth -- 35).
7) Seven of the Saints' eight games this calendar year have been decided by double digits. Siena's seven MAAC wins have all come by double figures.
8) Javion Ogunyemi leads the MAAC and ranks 20th nationally with 2.48 blocks per game. Ogunyemi has reached double figures in 15 of the last 17 games and has five double-doubles.
9) Siena leads the MAAC and ranks 29th nationally with a +6.9 rebounding margin. The Saints have been out-rebounded just six times this season, and have out-rebounded their opponent by double digits nine times.
10) The Saints have shot38% or better from distance in four straight games after doing so just once in the previous 10 contests.