LOUDONVILLE, NY – For the second consecutive regular season Siena Basketball will play a nationally televised game on ESPN2. ESPN has announced that the Saints’ Gotham Classic matchup at perennial national power Louisville on Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
Siena was showcased twice on “The Deuce” last season in the program’s first appearances on the channel since Nov. 28, 2013 when the Saints played Memphis in the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Siena’s regular season matchup at Monmouth last Feb. 24 as well as their MAAC Championship Game vs. Iona last Mar. 6 at the Times Union Center were both televised nationally on ESPN2.
ESPN2 is available in HD to Spectrum subscribers in the Capital Region on both Channels 25 and 301, as well as through the WatchESPN app.
Siena and Louisville are set to meet for the first time since their classic 2009 NCAA Tournament Second Round matchup in Dayton, Ohio. The Saints led the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament with just over five minutes remaining before the Cardinals rallied late for a 79-72 win.
Siena captured the first-ever meeting between the programs with a 78-71 win over Louisville on Dec. 10, 1953 in Loudonville behind a program single-game record 44 made free throws. Siena will be making its first appearance in the Bluegrass State in more than 60 years when it travels to the KFC Yum! Center Dec. 6, dating back to an 83-74 loss at Murray State on Jan. 20, 1956.
The Saints are set to return seven letterwinners while also welcoming seven newcomers this season including five true freshmen to a program which is fresh off its first MAAC Championship Game appearance in seven years. Siena posted a 17-17 overall record last season, and tied for third in the MAAC with a 12-8 league mark.
Louisville is projected to be in the Top-25 in numerous polls when the 2017-18 season opens in November. The Cardinals posted a 25-9 overall record last year and advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. Louisville is expected to return three of their top-four scorers from last season’s squad which finished 10th in the final 2016-17 AP Top-25 Poll and 14th in the last USA Today Coaches’ Poll.