POUGHKEEPSIE, NY - Siena Basketball commences its 29th season of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference competition when the Saints battle I-87 rival Marist at 7 p.m. at McCann Arena. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Watch the game on ESPN3 which 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.
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 Scott Knapp '01 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, #MAACHoops and #NCAAM.
Here's Ten Things to Know About Tonight's MAAC Opener
1.) Siena is a stellar 20-8 (.714) all-time in MAAC openers, including a perfect 4-0 under head coach Jimmy Patsos
2.) However, the Saints are just 11-17 (.393) all-time in their first MAAC road game of the season, and have dropped five of their past six
3.) Siena was projected to finish sixth (11 teams) according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll. Junior guard Nico Clareth was tabbed a Preseason Second Team All-MAAC selection.
4.) The Saints are 314-231 (.576) all-time overall in MAAC competition, including 276-208 (.570) in regular season action. Siena has won at least a share of seven MAAC Regular Season Championships, and captured five tournament titles.
5.) The Saints wrapped up their challenging 13-game non-conference schedule with a record of 4-9. Siena's nine losses came against teams which currently hold a collective overall record of 75-39 (.658).
6.) Clareth enters tonight's game just 33 points shy of 1,000 for his career. He ranks fifth in the MAAC in scoring (16.8), and has averaged 19.8 points in four career games vs. Marist.
7.) The Siena bench has amassed a whopping 147 points over the past three games, outscoring the team's starters by 70 points, and its opponents by 90 points over that span. The Saints’ reserves have outscored their opponents’ bench on average by 10.0 points per game this season (31.2-21.2).
8.) Siena has used eight different starting lineup combinations over the team’s first 13 games, which is tied for fifth most nationally. Only Florida Gulf Coast (10), UT Martin (10), Bryant (nine), and UTEP (nine) have used more combinations. Ten different players have made starts, and no player has started every game.
9.) Siena has dominated the all-time series with its I-87 rivals to the tune of a 54-26 advantage. The Saints have won 18 of the past 22 meetings overall, and Siena's .675 all-time win percentage vs. Marist is its best vs. any program its faced at least 40 times.
10.) Marist finished non-conference action with a 2-10 record, with wins vs. Colgate and at The Citadel. The Red Foxes were projected to finish 10th out of 11 teams according to the MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.