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MAAC play arrives in earnest Friday night as Siena hosts Quinnipiac at Times Union Center in a game that will be televised across New York State on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel. It's also the annual Gold Rush game meaning fans are encouraged to wear their gold to cheer on the Saints.
The Saints and Bobcats played a pair of unforgettable games in Quinnipiac's inaugural MAAC season last year. Quinnipiac defeated Siena 103-95 in overtime after trailing by nine in the final minutes of regulation at Times Union Center thanks in part to a school-record 40 fouls on Siena. The Saints got revenge with a thrilling 72-70 win Hamden during the final week of the regular-season.
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Here's 10 Things You Need to Know About the Saints Heading Into the Big Game:
1) The Saints play seven of their next 10 games at home. Siena went 7-3 in MAAC home games last season, losing to regular-season champion Iona in regulation, and in overtime to Quinnipiac and Canisius.
2) The 31 points Marquis Wright scored at Fordham were the most by a Siena player in a regulation game since Ryan Rossiter dropped 34 on his Senior Day against Marist (2/27/11). It marked the most points scored by a Saint in a road game since Kenny Hasbrouck's 33 points at Saint Peter's (2/2/09).
3) Siena has totaled just 19 turnovers in its last three games. The Saints rank second in the MAAC and 16th nationally with just 10.4 turnovers per game.
4) The Saints out-scored Loyola and Fordham in the second half of their most recent two games after trailing both at halftime. The Saints led at the half in each of their first three games, but were out-scored after intermission.
5) Siena ranks fifth nationally in assists per field goal made, having assists on 68% of its field goals. The Saints 17.4 assists per game rank 11th nationally and second in the MAAC.
6) Siena's 26 fouls per game tie with Wagner for the third most in Division I. Siena's opponents have attempted 35.8 free throws per game and made 25.2 free throws pre game - both of those averages are the highest in the nation (351 DI schools). Quinnipiac is shooting a MAAC-best 80.2% from the foul line, which ranks sixth nationally.
7) Three of Siena's first five games have come on the road against Atlantic 10 schools. The Saints lost nail-biters to UMass and Fordham and defeated St. Bonavanture.
8) Siena ranks 53rd nationally with 76.8 points per game and 13th nationally with 20 free throws made per game.
9) Marquis Wright has 29 assists and just nine turnovers this season. Wright averaged 3.1 turnovers per game as a freshman, but his current 3.2 assist/turnover ratio paces the conference.
10) Siena travels to play Rider on Sunday in Lawrenceville. It's the fourth time in the last six years the Saints and Broncs have squared off in December.