ALBANY, N.Y. - Siena Basketball looks to lock up the No. 4 seed in next week's MAAC Tournament and honor its seniors with a win when the Saints host Marist on Senior Day for National Grid "Go Green" Day at 4 p.m. at the Times Union Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Siena will honor it’s four true seniors - Lavon Long, Jimmy Merrill, Javion Ogunyemi and Marquis Wright - red-shirt senior Brett Bisping, and senior managers Ryan Kelley and Robert Sherlock in a pregame ceremony at 3:45 p.m. The men's game serves as the nightcap of a Siena Basketball doubleheader at the Times Union Center, as it will be preceded by the women's game vs. Iona at 1 p.m.
Siena (14-16, 11-8) enters the final day of the regular season already aware of its MAAC Tournament fate. The Saints will begin their quest for the program's sixth MAAC Championship next Saturday night in the No. 4 vs. No. 5 quarterfinal round matchup here at the Times Union Center at 9:30 p.m. Siena would clinch the No. 4 seed with a win today or a Canisius loss vs. Saint Peter's (2 p.m.), and would be the No. 5 seed with a loss coupled with a Golden Griffins win. The Saints will face either Canisius or Fairfield in the MAAC Quarterfinals. The Golden Griffins swept the regular season series from Siena, while the Saints took both meetings from the Stags.
Marist (8-22, 5-14) has won two straight to climb out of the basement, and can still be seeded anywhere from 9-11 pending today's game as well as other league outcomes.
Purchase tickets to today'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.
As part of National Grid "Go Green" Day, the Saints are asking all fans to wear green to the game. The first 800 fans in attendance will receive a recyclable tote bag courtesy of National Grid.
Robert Lee and Rob Kennedy have the call of the game on ESPN3. 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.
Gameday Central coverage commences with the Anderson Group Pregame Show at 3:30 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 Today's Game
1.) The Saints’ Senior Class has recorded a pair of 20-win seasons and postseason berths (CBI), highlighted by the program’s first-ever Division I national postseason tournament championship when they won the College Basketball Invitational as freshmen. Four of the five seniors are members of Siena’s 1,000 Point Club and the group has combined to score 5,546 career points.
2.) The Saints conclude a stretch tonight where they play four of their final five regular season games at home. Siena will also host the MAAC Championships here at the Times Union Center next Thursday-Monday. The Saints are 9-4 at home this season.
3.) The Saints are averaging 80.9 points over their last eight games. Siena has eclipsed the 80-point mark five times during that stretch, after having done so just five times over their first 22 games.
4.) Wright is averaging 22.1 points and 5.6 assists in seven games so far in the month of February. The two-time MAAC player of the Week (Nov. 14, Feb. 13) ranks ninth in the MAAC in scoring (16.2) and third in assists (4.9).
5.) Sophomore guard Nico Clareth is averaging 14.7 points off the bench over the past six games, reaching double figures five times
6.) Siena ranks 334th out of 347 Division I teams in threes per game (5.1), and 306th in three-point field goal percentage (.319). However, Siena is shooting 40.4% from three-point range, while making an average of 7.3 threes the past six games.
7.) Siena leads the MAAC with a +6.2 rebound margin in conference play
8.) Siena has dominated the all-time series with Marist, 53-26. The Saints have won 17 of the past 21 meetings, including eight of the last nine in Albany, and their .671 winning percentage vs. the Red Foxes is the program’s best vs. any opponent that it has faced at least 40 times.
9.) Siena captured the first meeting between the teams, 84-77 just 13 days ago in Poughkeepsie. Wright and Long combined for 30 second half points in a game which featured 12 ties and 15 lead changes.
10.) Marist has won back-to-back games for just the second time all year, and had lost nine straight prior to their mini winning streak. The Red Foxes are led by senior guard Khallid Hart who ranks third in the MAAC in scoring averaging 18.0 points, and stands fourth in program history with 1,846 career points. Marist ranks ninth worst nationally in rebound margin at -7.3.