ALBANY, N.Y. - Siena Basketball looks to retain Capital Region bragging rights when the Saints make the short 10-mile drive to Washington Avenue to battle crosstown rival UAlbany in the latest installment of the Albany Cup at 7 p.m. at SEFCU Arena. The game will be televised throughout New York on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
Rodger Wyland and Zach Bye have the call of the action on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. The game will air throughout New York in HD on Time Warner Cable Channel 323, and also on Channel 50 in the Capital Region. The game can also be watched online through America East TV by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page.
Gameday Central coverage commences with the Anderson Group Pregame Show at 6:30 p.m. locally on WGDJ 1300 AM and online at SienaAllAccess.com. The new radio "Voice of the Saints" A.J. Kanell has the call of the game alongside Andy Grazulis. Complimentary online audio is available to listen to by clicking the listen link at the top of the page.
In addition to watching and listening to the game, fans who plan to attend the game are kindly asked to review the fan information guide by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page. Read both teams game notes and follow the live stats, all by clicking the appropriate links. Follow @SienaSaints on twitter for continuous courtside updates, and join the conversation by using the hashtags #SienaSaints and #AlbanyCup.
Here's Ten Things to Know About Tonight's Albany Cup
1.) Siena leads the all-time series between the Capital Region rivals 30-22, and 10-5 at the Division I level
2.) The Saints snapped a three-game losing streak in the series, with a 78-70 victory last Dec. 12 at the Times Union Center. Siena went on a late 10-2 run to reclaim a seven-point lead with 3:56 to go. Lavon Long led five Saints in double figures with 19 points, while Javion Ogunyemi scored 10 of his 13 points over the final four and a half minutes.
3.) UAlbany has won four of the past six meetings, after the Saints had captured eight of the first nine at the Division I level
4.) The program's are meeting on UAlbany's campus for the first time in 40 years, since a 91-86 Siena victory on Dec. 29, 1976. The past 16 meetings - including all 15 Division I battles - had been contested on the Saints' home court.
5.) Siena is 9-11 all-time in road games in the series, and has won three straight.
6.) The 15 Division I matchups between the programs at the Times Union Center drew a total of 163,652 fans - an average of 10,910 fans per game - and 12 of the 15 games saw crowds in excess of 10,000. Seating capacity tonight at SEFCU Arena is set for 4,538.
7.) Siena Head Coach Jimmy Patsos is 2-2 all-time against UAlbany (1-2 at Siena), while Will Brown is 5-9 against the Saints
8.) Patsos makes his first attempt tonight at securing his 200th career head coaching victory. Now in his 13th season as a Division I head coach, Patsos has accumulated 199 victories. He won 145 games over nine seasons at former MAAC foe Loyola (2004-13), and has 54 so far in his fourth season at Siena.
9.) Marquis Wright leads Siena's Senior Class, averaging 11.3 points and 5.7 assists in three career Albany Cups
10.) Siena is expected to have available its full compliment of 13 players tonight for the first time this season. Nico Clareth missed the last three games, and Long the first three (suspensions). The Saints’ 2016-17 roster is comprised of 15 players, although junior Kevin Degnan and sophomore Andrew Dufort will both sit out this season due to NCAA transfer regulations.