July 16, 2013
Old Spice Classic games with Purdue and Memphis are the climax of Siena's ambitious non-league men's basketball schedule. The return to Disney World caps off a wild November that opens with three consecutive games against teams that advanced to the postseason in 2013, including a November 16 road contest at Sweet 16 participant La Salle.
"Obviously, it's one of the toughest schedules Siena has ever played," new head coach Jimmy Patsos said. "It will be very challenging, but that's OK. My main concern is the MAAC, and all these games prepare you for the MAAC. Everybody has to be patient, because this will probably end up being one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country. We're a team that's going to get better as the season goes on."
The schedule begins with a November 2 exhibition game against New Jersey City University - coached by Siena great Marc Brown '91 - in the Alumni Recreation Center.
The Patsos' era officially tips off Friday, November 8 when the Saints host defending America East Champion UAlbany in the back-end of a men's and women's doubleheader at Times Union Center. The lid-lifter figures to be one of the most anticipated and attended home games in years.
The Saints look to salvage the final game of a four-game series with Vermont in Burlington Tuesday, November 12. The Catamounts have won at least 21 games each of the last five seasons and played in the 2013 CBI after losing to UAlbany in the America East title game.
Siena also looks to snap a three-game losing streak against 2012 Atlantic 10 Champion St. Bonaventure when the battle for the Franciscan Cup returns to Albany Tuesday, November 19. Siena then travels to Ithaca to start a new series with Cornell Friday, November 22, before playing at Purdue in a non-bracketed Old Spice Classic contest Sunday, November 24.
Siena will play national-power Memphis on ESPN2 Thanksgiving Day at 6:30 p.m. at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando in its first on-site Old Spice Classic contest. The Tigers are ranked 15th in the ESPN.com early men's preseason top-25 poll and advanced to the Third Round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament after winning 31 games. A consolation or semifinal game against either LSU or Saint Joseph's will take place Friday evening, and the Tournament concludes Sunday following an off day when the teams will tour Disney's parks.
The non-league slate concludes at the end of December with Monday home games against Hofstra (Dec. 23) and Fordham (Dec. 30).
Season tickets are on-sale now, with prices starting at $104 for the buy 3 get one free package. Call the Siena Fan Relations Office at 518-487-2202 for more information or to book your seat.
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