ALBANY, N.Y. - Siena Basketball continues its season-long three-game homestand, when the Saints host Manhattan at the Times Union Center at 7 p.m., sponsored by Northwestern Mutual. The game will be televised throughout New York on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel, and outside the state on ESPN3.
With just four conference contests remaining, Siena (12-15, 9-7) enters the day tied for fourth place in the MAAC Standings with Canisius. However, the Saints are just a game back of idle third place Iona and a game and a half behind second place Saint Peter's who is also off today. Meanwhile Manhattan (9-18, 4-12) currently stands 10th, a game clear of last place Marist and two games behind ninth place Niagara.
Purchase tickets to this evening's game online in advance by clicking the link at the top of the page, through Ticketmaster (service fees apply), or in-person at the Times Union Center Box Office.
Tonight's contest marks the third of four Siena "Slam Dunkin'" games this season. Stop by any participating Capital Region-area Dunkin' Donuts and pick up a voucher good for a $5 ticket to this evening's game. The final Siena "Slam Dunkin'" games is Saturday night when the Saints host Niagara.
Kelly O'Donnell, Tom Huerter and Marisa Jacques have the call of the game on both Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and ESPN3. New York residents can watch the game in HD throughout the state on Time Warner Cable Channel 323, in the Capital Region on Channel 50, or online by clicking the watch link at the top of the release to view the game through the Siena All-Access platform.
Viewers outside the State of New York can watch the game on ESPN3 by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page. The ESPN3 broadcast is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The ESPN3 feed will be blacked out in New York.
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 Gametracker and mobile 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. Upload pictures of yourself and your friends enjoying tonight's game through the Selfiefinder platform by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page, or by downloading the Selfiefinder app and searching "Siena." The best selfies from tonight's game will be displayed on the video scoreboard during the first timeout of the second half.
Here's Ten Things to Know About Tonight's Game
1.) Siena continues its season-long, three-game homestand tonight. This evening's contest continues a challenging stretch which features four games in just eight days. The Saints are set to play four of their final five regular season games at home, and will also host the MAAC Championships here at the Times Union Center Mar. 2-6.
2.) The Saints are 7-4 at home this season, although they've dropped three straight here in Albany. Siena has not lost four consecutive home games since dropping six straight from Nov. 9, 2012 - Jan. 4, 2013.
3.) Senior guard Marquis Wright was named the MAAC Player of the Week for the third time in his career, and second time this season, Monday. Wright averaged 18.5 points, 7.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds while leading Siena to road wins over defending MAAC Tournament Champion Iona and rival Marist last week.
4.) Wright is averaging 24.8 points and 6.0 assists in four games so far in the month of February. He now ranks third in the MAAC in assists (4.8), fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.97) and 10th in scoring (16.0).
5.) Monday's game vs. Monmouth at the Times Union Center featured two of the nine highest scoring Division I men's basketball individual performances in facility history. The Hawks' Justin Robinson erupted for 40 points, tying for the fourth most points scored in arena history, while Wright scored a career-high 36 points, which was tied for the ninth most all-time. It marked the most points scored by a Saint since Edwin Ubiles tallied 37 vs. Jimmy Patsos and Loyola on Feb. 16, 2008.
6.) Senior forward Javion Ogunyemi paces the conference in field goal percentage (.609) in league play
7.) The Saints are a perfect 7-0 when holding their opponents under 40% from the field, and 6-0 when allowing less than 70 points
8.) Manhattan leads the all-time series between the programs, 52-43. However, Siena has won 12 of the last 13 meetings between the programs at the Times Union Center, and are in search of their first regular season series sweep of the Jaspers since defeating Manhattan three times during the 2009-10 campaign.
9.) Siena captured the first meeting between the teams, 81-68 in Riverdale Jan. 22. The win marked the Saints' first at Draddy Gymnasium in seven years. Red-shirt senior forward Brett Bisping poured in a season-high 24 points and added nine rebounds.
10.) Manhattan begins a stretch tonight where it plays three of its final four regular season games on the road. The Jaspers have dropped six of seven conference road contests this season. Manhattan ranks 28th nationally with 459 made free throws, but also ranks last in Division I committing an average of 25.0 fouls per game. The Jaspers also rank 344th out of 347 Division I teams in turnovers (17.2) and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.64), and 336th in three-point field goal defense (.394). Manhattan is led by Ball State transfer Zavier Turner who averages 15.6 points, and ranks 27th nationally shooting 89.1% from the free throw line.