ALBANY, N.Y. - Siena Basketball opens MAAC Tournament play when the 10th seeded Saints battle No. 7 seed Quinnipiac in the First Round at 7 p.m. at the Times Union Center. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Quinnipiac (10-20) and Siena (8-23) meet for the first time in postseason play, after the Bobcats swept the regular season series for the first time since joining the MAAC in 2013-14. The winner of tonight's First Round game will advance to face MAAC Co-Regular Season Champion and No. 2 seed Canisius in the quarterfinals Friday night at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN3.
Tickets to tonight's game can be purchased in advance by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the release, in person at the Times Union Center Box Office, or charge by phone at (800) 745-3000.
Perry Laskaris and Chris Williams have the call of the game on ESPN3, which is accessible via WatchESPN 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 Scott Knapp '01 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, #MAACHoops18 and #NCAAM.
Here's Ten Things to Know About Tonight's Game
1.) Siena makes its 29th MAAC Tournament appearance since joining the conference in 1989-90. The Saints have won five titles - 1999, 2002, 2008, 2009, 2010 - which is tied with Manhattan for the second most, trailing only Iona with 10.
2.) Siena has posted an impressive 38-23 all-time record in MAAC Tournament contests, as the Saints' .623 winning percentage trails only the Gaels' .658 (50-26)
3.) Siena is 28-14 (.667) in MAAC Tournament games played in Albany, including 19-5 (.792) since 2002. The Saints have won the past four of their five MAAC Championships in Albany.
4.) Siena is 5-1 in First Round contests, as the Saints are looking to advance to the MAAC Quarterfinals for the 28th time in 29 years
5.) Siena played in eight games decided by one possession during the regular season, posting an even 4-4 record. The Saints suffered three one-point losses.
6.) Freshman forward Prince Oduro was named to the MAAC All-Rookie Team Monday, and thus is eligible to be named MAAC Rookie of the Year Friday. He ranks 10th in the MAAC in field goal percentage (.483), and leads all conference freshmen with 20 blocks.
7.) The Saints lead the nation with 19 different starting lineup combinations used this season. Twelve of the 15 players who have seen game action for Siena have made starts, although no player has started every game.
8.) Siena leads the all-time series with Quinnipiac 8-4, and has captured six of 10 meetings since the Bobcats joined the MAAC in 2013-14. The Saints have averaged 87.0 points over seven home games in the series.
9.) Quinnipiac swept the regular season series for the first time, winning 71-70 on New Year's Day in Albany, and 76-69 in Hamden on Jan. 21. Evan Fisher led Siena averaging 17.0 points in the two meetings, while Cameron Young paced the Bobcats averaging 18.0 points.
10.) Quinnipiac finished tied for seventh in the conference standings, after being projected to finish 11th and last. The Bobcats have dropped four straight MAAC Tournament games after winning their inaugural postseason contest in the league. Quinnipiac has played in four overtime games this season, and had 10 games decided by two points or less.