Gameday Central - Siena at Fairfield (7 PM - ESPN3)

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Feb. 5, 2018


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BRIDGEPORT, CT - Siena Basketball faces Fairfield for the first time this season when the Saints battle the Stags at 7 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.

The Last Meeting
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Seniors Carry Saints to Semifinals
Siena Basketball's decorated senior class wasn't about to let their collegiate careers come to an end. The quartet combined for 65 points to lead the fourth seeded Saints past No. 5 seed Fairfield 78-66 in the MAAC Quarterfinals at the Times Union Center.

Watch the game on ESPN3 which is accessible online through WatchESPN.com by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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. A.J. Kanell and Andy Grazulis '92 have the call of the game both through the radio broadcast as well as the complimentary online audio stream which can be listened to 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 is allowing an average of just 67.3 points over its past 14 games. The Saints also rank second in the MAAC in scoring defense in league contests, allowing just 67.2 points per game. Siena has recorded its two best defensive scoring efforts of the season over its past two games, allowing just 57 (in triple overtime) and 51 points, respectively.
2.) The Saints have played in seven games decided by one possession, posting a 4-3 record. Siena has also had nine games decided by four points or less, and 11 contests decided by five points or fewer.
3.) Siena ranks 70th nationally in three-point field goal percentage at 37.7%. The Saints have shot an even 40% from three-point range over their first 10 games of the 2018 calendar year.
4.) Eleven of the 14 players who have have seen game action this season for Siena have scored in double figures at least once. Seven different Saints have scored in double figures at least seven times this season.
5.) Siena has used 14 different starting lineups this season which is the fourth most nationally. Only Bryant (16), Florida Gulf Coast (15), and Pitt (15), have used more. Twelve of the 14 players who have seen games action for the Saints have made starts, although nobody has started every game.
6.) The Saints are 7-5 when they win the rebounding battle, and 0-12 when they do not. Siena boasts a +11.5 rebound margin in victories, and holds a -1.3 margin in defeats.
7.) The Saints have been led by a balanced scoring attack in conference play, with five players averaging between 8.1 - 11.0 points. Freshman Jordan Horn (11.0) has paced Siena in scoring during MAAC competition.
8.) Siena's non-conference strength of schedule ranks 48th nationally. The Saints posted a 4-9 non-conference mark, with their nine losses coming vs. teams who currently hold a collective 146-69 (.679) record.
9.) Siena leads the all-time series with Fairfield, 38-30. The Saints went a perfect 3-0 against the Stags last season, sweeping the regular season series while also defeating Fairfield in the MAAC Quarterfinals. Siena is 7-2 under head coach Jimmy Patsos against the Stags, including 3-1 in Bridgeport.
10.) Fairfield has won back-to-back games after having dropped seven of their previous eight. The Stags are led by MAAC Preseason Player of the Year Tyler Nelson who paces the league in scoring (21.5) and has tallied 1,914 career points.