ALBANY, NY - Siena Basketball wraps up the non-conference portion of its schedule when the Saints host Holy Cross in a pre-Christmas matchup at 7 p.m. at the Times Union Center. The game will be televised locally in the Capital Region on My4 Albany, in addition to being simulcast on ESPN3.
Purchase tickets to tonight's game 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.
"Bernie Claus" will be making a special guest appearance in the Times Union Center atrium from 6 p.m. through the end of halftime to take pictures with fans of all ages. Fans can upload their pictures with Bernie Claus - as well as any and all other pictures enjoying tonight'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 tonight's game will be showcased on the video scoreboard during the first timeout of the second half.
Robert Lee and Kelly O'Donnell have the call of the game locally on My4 Albany as well as on ESPN3. My4 Albany is available in HD to Spectrum subscribers in the Capital Region on Channel 4. The ESPN3 stream is accessible online through WatchESPN.com by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. The broadcast can also be watched online by viewers without access to ESPN3 via SienaAllAccess.com by clicking the watch link at the top of the page.
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. A.J. Kanell and Andy Grazulis '92 have the call of the game both through the radio broadcast as well as the complimentary online audio stream which can be listened to 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 #NCAAM.
Here's Ten Things to Know About Tonight's Game
1.) Siena concludes its challenging 13-game non-conference schedule tonight. The Saints have played the 85th toughest non-conference schedule to date, and their non-conference opponents hold a collective overall record of 86-64 (.538).
2.) Siena has made 26 threes over its past two games while shooting 47.3% from distance. The Saints made just 64 threes over their first 10 games while shooting 35.8%.
3.) Siena’s 12 threes at Bryant Sunday tied for the program’s most in 12 years, as seven different Saints made threes in the victory. Siena then made 14 threes Wednesday at Memphis to mark the program’s most since making 15 at Fordham on Nov. 24, 2001.
4.) Freshman guard Jordan Horn has totaled 36 points in 37 minutes of action off the bench the past two games. Horn had totaled just 17 points over his first 10 collegiate games. Horn’s eight threes Wednesday were just one off the program record of nine set by Jim Secretarski on Jan. 19, 1995 at Iona.
5.) The Saints’ bench has scored an even 100 points the past two games. Siena’s reserves have outscored the team’s starters 100-53, and it’s opponents’ reserves 100-33. The Saints’ bench has shot an even 50% from the field, including 20-41 (.488) from three-point range.
6.) The Saints have used seven different starting lineup combinations over the team’s first 12 games. Ten different players have made starts, although no player has started every game. Siena used 11 different starting lineup combinations last season.
7.) Sophomore guard Ahsante Shivers leads the Saints averaging 12.6 points at home this season.
8.) Junior guard Nico Clareth needs to score 62 more points to become the 45th member of the Siena Basketball 1,000 Point Club.
9.) Siena leads the all-time series with Holy Cross 8-4, and the programs are meeting for the first time in nine years. The Saints have won all six meetings all-time meetings in Albany while averaging 88.7 points.
10.) Holy Cross recorded a 15-17 overall record last season and finished fifth in the Patriot League with a 9-9 conference mark. The Crusaders were projected to finish eighth (10 teams) according to the Patriot League Preseason Coaches' Poll. Holy Cross enters play tonight having dropped eight of their past nine games.