Siena to Host Radford in Final BracketBusters

Imoh Silas

Feb. 4, 2013

Siena will play Radford in its final BracketBusters game. The contest will take place Sunday, February 24 at noon at Times Union Center.

Radford enters its game versus Liberty Tuesday night with a 10-13 overall record and a 4-5 mark in the Big South. Sophomore Javonte Green leads the team with 13.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. The Highlanders lead the conference and rank 13th nationally with 9.3 steals per game.

Siena is 2-0 all-time against Radford. The Saints defeated the Highlanders 67-59 in the first game of the 2000-01 season at Times Union Center and 74-72 in the Championship game of the Holiday Inn Naismith Challenge on December 30, 1989.

As part of the BracketBusters agreement, Siena will travel to Radford during either the 2013-14 or 2014-15 season. ESPN announced earlier this season that the BracketBusters series will be discontinued after this season.

This is the eight straight season Siena has participated in BracketBusters. Last year Siena lost at Hofstra 81-69. In its most recent BracketBusters home game in 2011, the Saints defeated Maine 71-60.

In 2010, the Saints lost to eventual National Runner-Up Butler 70-53 in the premier matchup of the event at Hinkle Fieldhouse. In 2009, Siena defeated Northern Iowa 81-75 at Times Union Center on ESPN2 in a game that helped earn the Saints' a #9 seed in the NCAA Tournament. In 2008, Siena was sent to Boise State to play a BracketBusters game on ESPN360 (now ESPN3). The Saints shook off the cross country journey to post a 93-70 triumph, and didn't lose again until the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

Siena is 4-3 all-time in BracketBusters games having defeated James Madison in 2007 (77-66), after losing to Hofstra (76-62) in 2006.