ALBANY, NY - Siena Basketball looks to reclaim the Franciscan Cup when the Saints battle sister school St. Bonaventure presented by CDPHP at 7 p.m. at the Times Union Center. 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.
Purchase tickets to see the annual battle for the Franciscan Cup presented by CDPHP in advance by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page, in person at the Times Union Center Box Office (opens at 10 a.m.), or by contacting Ticketmaster by phone at (800) 745-3000.
A.J. Kanell and Andy Grazulis '92 have the call of the game both locally on the radio on Talk1300 AM and 98.7 FM, as well as through the online HD video stream at SienaAllAccess.com. Watch the Franciscan Cup by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page. Viewers can also catch all the action on their iOS (Apple) devices as well as those that support Adobe Flash 10.1 or greater (Android devices) in addition to their laptops, desktops, and tablets. Features to the Siena All-Access platform include live stats and ticker updates with important game information and twitter updates. Additionally, all games are archived upon their conclusion and can viewed at any time through the on-demand feature. Complimentary audio of the radio broadcast feed 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 Siena Men's Basketball's official twitter account @SienaMBB. Join the conversation by using the hashtags #SienaSaints, #MarchOn and #FrancsicanCup. Upload pictures of yourself and your friends enjoying today's game through the Selfiefinder platform by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page, or by downloading the Selfiefinder app and searching "Siena." The best selfies from today's game will be displayed on the video scoreboard during the first timeout of the second half.
Here's Ten Things to Know About The Franciscan Cup Matchup
1.) Sisters schools Siena and St. Bonaventure are meeting for the eighth consecutive season since the Franciscan Cup trophy was devised by the schools’ Presidents to commemorate the annual renewal of the rivalry in 2010
2.) The Bonnies hold a slight 4-3 advantage all-time over the first seven official Franciscan Cup matchups. Six of the seven contests have been decided by single digits, including four by three points or less.
3.) St. Bonaventure leads the all-time series overall, 29-9. The programs met 25 times from 1939-61, with the Bonnies being nationally ranked for six of those meetings.
4.) St. Bonaventure snapped a three-game losing streak in the series with an 81-74 victory to reclaim the cup last year in Olean. Siena shot just 18-32 (56.3%) from the free throw line while the Bonnies were 23-27 (85.2%). Brett Bisping led the Saints with 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Jaylen Adams (27) and Matt Mobley (20) combined to score 47 points for St. Bonaventure.
5.) Siena is looking to build off its first win of the season - and milestone 1,100th all-time - an 85-76 triumph over CAA foe Hofstra Saturday at the Times Union Center. The Saints never trailed and led by as many as 12 points while notching season-highs in field goal percentage (59%), three-point field goal percentage (59%), assists (22), and threes (10).
6.) Siena is averaging 89.0 points over the past three games. The 267 points scored by the Saints over their past three games are the program's most since over a three-game stretch since Jan. 15-21, 2001 (269). Siena is shooting 48.8% from the field and 41.3% from three-point range the past three games.
7.) Eight different Saints have scored in double figures at least once already this season through the team's first five games
8.) Freshman guard Roman Penn recorded his first collegiate double-double with a season-high tying 14 points and a career-best 11 assists (no turnovers) in Saturday's win over Hofstra. Penn’s 11 dimes tied for the most by a Siena player since Marquis Wright ’17 recorded 12 assists on Dec. 8, 2013 at Canisius.
9.) St. Bonaventure is the fifth 20-win team the Saints are facing in their first six games to open the season. Siena’s 2017-18 non-conference opponents combined to average 20.5 wins and post a .617 win percentage last season.
10.) St. Bonaventure posted a 20-12 overall record last season and finished fifth (14 teams) in the Atlantic 10 with an 11-7 conference mark. The Bonnies were projected to finish second according to the A-10 Preseason Coaches' Poll while also receiving one first-place vote. Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy Award, Oscar Robertson Award, and Bob Cousy Award Watch Lists candidate Jaylen Adams was named a Preseason First Team All-Conference selection along with Matt Mobley.