CHARLESTON, SC - The 77th season of Siena Basketball tips off Friday night in the Palmetto State when the Saints open their 2017-18 regular season at Colonial Athletic Association preseason favorite College of Charleston at 7 p.m. at TD Arena. 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.
College of Charleston will have a FREE video stream of the game which can be accessed by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page.
The Siena Basketball road radio team of A.J. Kanell and Scott Knapp '01 return for a second season together on the airwaves, and will have the call of the action locally in the Capital Region on both Talk 1300 AM and 98.7 FM. Complimentary online audio of the broadcast can also be accessed 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 the Saints' official twitter page @SienaMBB. Join the conversation by using the hashtags #SienaSaints and #MAACHoops.
Here's Ten Things to Know About Tonight's Season Opener
1.) Siena tips off the program’s 77th season and 42nd at the Division I level tonight in search of the program’s milestone 1,100th all-time win
2.) The Saints are 39-37 all-time in season openers, including 17-24 during the program’s Division I era. Siena snapped a four-game losing streak in season openers with last year’s 89-78 opening win over Cornell. The Saints have dropped their last four road openers, dating back to a 54-49 overtime win at Navy on Nov. 11, 2012.
3.) Siena is making just the program's third-ever appearance in South Carolina, and first in 13 years. The Saints dropped their previous two meetings in the Palmetto State - 90-72 at Clemson on Nov. 30, 1979, and 67-58 at Winthrop on Dec. 5, 2004. Siena is 1-2 all-time vs. programs from the State of South Carolina, with their lone win vs. South Carolina 63-58 in the Second Round of the NIT on Mar. 19, 1991 in Albany.
4.) Siena enters the 2017-18 season fresh off the program’s first MAAC Championship Game appearance in seven years. The Saints posted a 17-17 overall record in 2016-17, and finished tied for third in the MAAC with a 12-8 league mark.
5.) Siena returns seven letterwinners from last year’s squad, led by junior captain Nico Clareth. Clareth is the Saints’ leading returning scorer after averaging 13.7 points off the bench as a sophomore. Clareth accounts for 43% of Siena’s returning scoring output from last season.
6.) Siena graduated five seniors and lost 72% of their scoring and 68% of their rebounding from last year’s team. The Saints’ four scholarship seniors combined to score 5,780 career points. Siena was one of only two Division I teams in 2016-17 (National Champion North Carolina) with four 1,000 point scorers.
7.) Siena was projected to finish sixth (11 teams) according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. Clareth was named a Preseason Second Team All-MAAC selection.
8.) Siena’s 13-game non-conference schedule features eight 20-win teams and six postseason squads highlighted by four NCAA Tournament teams. The Saints’ 2017-18 non-conference opponents combined to average 20.5 wins and post a .617 win percentage last season.
9.) Tonight's matchup marks the first-ever meeting between Siena and College of Charleston. The Saints are 21-28 (.429) all-time against the 10 schools which currently comprise the CAA.
10.) College of Charleston was tabbed the preseason favorite to win the CAA this year, after receiving 38 of a possible 40 first-place votes, and is led by CAA Preseason Player of the Year Joe Chealey. The Cougars return all five starters from last year's team which posted a 25-10 overall record and earned a berth to the NIT. College of Charleston is ranked fourth in the College Insider Preseason Mid-Major Top-25 Poll.