LAWRENCE, KS - Siena Basketball faces its stiffest test of the 2016-17 regular season when the Saints travel to face college basketball blue blood No. 7/8 Kansas in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic at historic Allen Fieldhouse at 7 p.m. local time (8 p.m. ET) on ESPN3. Gameday Central coverage commences with The Anderson Group Pregame Show at 7:30 p.m. ET on WGDJ 1300AM and online at SienaAllAccess.com.
Dave Armstrong and Chris Piper have the call of the game on ESPN3 and ESPN College Xtra. The broadcast will be accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
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 continues its season-long three-game road trip tonight, and is in the midst of a span where it will play five of six away from home to close out November
2.) The Saints are facing an AP Top-25 team for the 50th time in program history. Siena is 6-43 all-time against nationally ranked opponents, including 3-29 during the program's Division I era.
3.) The Saints have dropped eight straight against AP Top-25 teams, last defeating 19th ranked Vanderbilt in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament in 2008. Siena is 0-15 all-time against AP Top-10 teams.
4.) Senior guard Marquis Wright has averaged 26.0 points, while shooting 47.2% from the field and 58.3% (7-12) from three over the first two games of the season. More impressively, the Saints' floor general and reigning MAAC Player of the Week has dished out nine assists without committing a turnover through his first 76 minutes.
5.) Siena is coming off a 77-75 loss at defending NIT Champion George Washington Tuesday night in Washington, DC which featured four ties and 14 lead changes. The Colonials held a 46-29 advantage in rebounding, fueling a 24-11 edge in second chance points in winning their 26th consecutive non-conference home game.
6.) Siena continues play with its second of four games over an eight-day span in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. The Saints will next travel to defending Big South Champion UNC Asheville Sunday, before returning home to host Arkansas-Pine Bluff to close out tournament play Wednesday.
7.) The Saints and Kansas meet for the second time. The defending national champion Jayhawks prevailed over Siena 91-84 on Jan. 6, 2009 here in Allen Fieldhouse. The Saints dwindled a 20-point first half deficit to just four with 7:24 to play in a near major upset. Ronald Moore led four in double figures for Siena with 18 points and eight assists.
8.) The Saints are 1-4 vs. the 10 programs which currently comprise the Big 12. Siena's lone win came over Kansas State 92-79 in the NIT Third Place Game on Mar. 30, 1994 at Madison Square Garden.
9.) The Saints have played each of the three Division I schools from the State of Kansas once. In addition to their previous matchup at Kansas, Siena defeated Kansas State the 1994 NIT Third Place Game, and fell to Wichita State 72-70 in the Old Spice Classic in Florida in 2008.
10.) The Saints are playing just the program's second-ever game in the State of Kansas. The only previous occurrence came in the Saints' initial matchup at KU.