HAMDEN, CT - Siena Basketball closes out the month of January with a key conference road test at Quinnipiac at 7 p.m. at the TD Bank Sports Center. The game will be televised on SNY.
The Saints (9-13, 6-5) enter tonight's pivotal MAAC battle tied for fourth in the MAAC Standings with Canisius, whom they face next at the Times Union Center Saturday. Meanwhile, the Bobcats (8-13, 5-6) are just a game behind and are tied for sixth with Rider.
Bill Schweizer, Bill Mecca and Jayme Parker have the call of the game on SNY. The game can be watched throughout the Capital Region on SNY, which is available on Time Warner Cable Channel 66.
Gameday Central coverage commences with the Anderson Group Pregame Show at 6:30 p.m. locally on WGDJ 1300 AM and online at SienaAllAccess.com. A.J. Kanell has the call of the game alongside Andy Grazulis. Complimentary online audio is available to listen to by clicking the listen link at the top of the page.
In addition to watching and listening to the game, read the 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 @SienaSaints on twitter. Join the conversation by using the hashtags #SienaSaints and #MAACHoops.
Here's Ten Things to Know About Tonight's Game
1.) The Saints have won two of their last three road games, after having dropped their previous 11 dating back to last season. Siena has allowed an average of just 61.0 points on 38.4% shooting including 18.4% from three in its two road wins, as opposed to 79.5 points on 48.5% shooting including 38.8% from three in their 11 road defeats.
2.) Siena shot just 3-19 from three-point range in Friday’s loss vs. Iona. The Saints had shot 46.7% (21-46) from three-point range over their previous three games. Prior to that, Siena had ranked 342nd of 347 DI teams in three-point field goal percentage (.281) and 338th in threes per game (4.5).
3.) Siena also shot just 11-21 from the free throw line in Friday’s loss against the Gaels. The Saints had shot 77.1% from the free throw line over their previous seven games. Siena shot just 67.1% from the charity stripe over their first 14 games this season.
4.) Siena leads all MAAC schools with a strength of schedule of 83 and a non-conference strength of schedule of 46. The Saints have played seven teams which are currently ranked in the top-100 in the RPI, and hold a win over Bucknell (91).
5.) The 13 teams Siena has lost to hold a combined record of 178-111 (.616). Eleven of the 13 currently hold .500 or better records, five have already eclipsed 15 wins, and four sit atop their conferences.
6.) Senior swing Lavon Long became the third player in program history with 1,200 points, 600 rebounds and 250 assists Friday night. He joins Marcus Faison ‘00 and Antoine Jordan ‘06 as the only players in program history to reach this milestone.
7.) Red-shirt senior forward Brett Bisping leads the squad in averaging a double-double with 14.6 points and 10.0 rebounds in conference action
8.) Siena captured the first meeting against Quinnipiac, 81-74 on Jan. 12 in Albany. The Saints opened the game on a 22-9 run and led for all but 33 seconds. Seniors Bisping, Long, Javion Ogunyemi and Marquis Wright all scored in double figures and combined for 67 points.
9.) Siena has won seven of the nine all-time meetings against the Bobcats, including five of seven in conference action against their new MAAC foes. The Saints are in search of a regular season series sweep for the second year in a row.
10.) Quinnipiac enters tonight's contest having lost four of their last six, although both wins came at home while all four losses were on the road. Overall, the Bobcats have won three straight at home. Quinnipiac is led by the freshman duo of Mikey Dixon and Peter Kiss, which have combined to win six MAAC Rookie of the Week awards including four straight. Dixon ranks eighth nationally amongst Division I freshmen averaging 16.6 points per game. Annually one of the nation's top rebounding teams, the Bobcats rank 11th nationally in offensive rebounding (14.0) and 24th in rebounding (39.6).