WASHINGTON, D.C. - Siena Basketball plays its first of four games over the next eight days in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic, when the Saints battle defending NIT Champion George Washington at the Charles E. Smith Center at 7 p.m. Gameday Central coverage commences with The Anderson Group Pregame Show at 6:30 p.m. locally on WGDJ 1300AM and online at SienaAllAccess.com.
The game can be watched free online through George Washington's RaiseHigh Live, which is part of the A-10 network.
The new "Voice of the Saints" A.J. Kanell and Siena great Scott Knapp '01 have the radio call of the game. Listen to the action in the Capital Region on Talk 1300, or access the complimentary audio stream online at SienaAllAccess.com by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page. Additional features to the Siena All-Access platform include ticker and twitter updates with pertinent game information. All games are archived following their conclusion, and can be listened to thereafter by subscribers at any time through the on-demand feature.
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 @SienaSaints on twitter. Join the conversation by using the hashtags #SienaSaints and #MAACHoops.
Here's Ten Things to Know About Tonight's Game
1.) Siena opens a season-long three-game road trip tonight, and will play five of its next six away from home to close out November. The Saints are 14-26 all-time in road openers during the program’s Division I era, and have dropped three straight.
2.) Siena tips-off action in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic with their first of four games during an eight-day span. The Saints will travel to #7/8 Kansas (Friday) and defending Big South Champion UNC Asheville (Sunday) before returning home to host Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Wednesday) to close out tournament competition.
3.) Senior guard Marquis Wright was named the MAAC Player of the Week for the second time in his career Monday. Wright tied a career-high with 31 points - including the 1,000th of his career - in Sunday’s season-opening triumph over Cornell. Red-shirt senior forward Brett Bisping was also recognized for his strong season-opening performance (23 points, 15 rebounds) in being named the College Sports Madness MAAC Player of the Week.
4.) Today’s game will serve as somewhat of a homecoming for a number of Saints. Six players hail from the Baltimore/Washington Metro-area in Maryland natives Wright (Waldorf), classmate Lavon Long (Baltimore), sophomores Nico Clareth (Baltimore) and Evan Fisher (Pasadena), and freshmen Khalil Richard (Baltimore) and Ahsante Shivers (Seat Pleasant). Head coach Jimmy Patsos attended Catholic University, served for 13 seasons as an assistant coach at Maryland, and for nine seasons as the head coach at Loyola (MD).
5.) The Saints are rated 19th in College Court Report’s Mid-Major power rankings. Siena is also ranked 22nd in CollegeInsider.com’s Preseason Mid-Major Top-25 Poll, and are amongst teams also receiving votes in the Mid-Major Madness’ Preseason Top-25.
6.) The Saints were ranked 97th amongst 351 Division I teams by CBS Sports and projected to be “a surprise team” this season. Siena was also rated 84th in kenpom.com’s preseason national rankings .
7.) Of the Saints’ 31 regular season contests, 15 will be played against programs which competed in national postseason tournaments last season, including five vs. teams that played in the NCAA Tournament. Nine of the Siena’s 11 non-conference matchups feature 2016 postseason teams, including eight against teams which won 20 or more games, and six who captured either their conference's regular season and/or tournament championships.
8.) The Saints open their 2016-17 season with seven games over the first 17 days. Five of the seven games will be played on the road in three different states, plus the District of Columbia.
9.) Siena was projected to finish second of 11 teams according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Saints received 109 points and two first-place votes in the poll, trailing only defending MAAC Regular Season Champion Monmouth (119 points and the other nine first-place votes).
10.) Siena has won two of the three all-time meetings against George Washington. The programs are meeting for the first time since the 1999-00 season.