NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Siena Basketball travels to the Hynes Athletics Center for a MAAC Championship rematch when the Saints battle rival Iona at 7 p.m. 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 Game
1.) Siena opens a tough stretch tonight where they play four of their next five games away from home. The stretch includes games at MAAC Preseason No. 1 (Iona), No. 2 (Manhattan), and defending regular season champ Monmouth. The Saints are just 1-7 on the road so far this season.
2.) Siena's improved defense is allowing just 69.0 points on 43% shooting including 31% from three over their last seven contests. The Saints had allowed an average of 82.6 points on 46% shooting including 36% from three over their first 10 games this year.
3.) Siena leads the MAAC with a +2.2 rebound margin. The Saints are 5-3 when they out-rebound their opponent and winless at 0-9 when they do not. Siena has featured a +9.6 average rebound margin in wins and a -1.7 margin in defeats.
4.) Siena is just 1-11 in night games. The Saints are averaging 67.2 points on 40% shooting including 34% from three-point range. Conversely, Siena is 4-1 in day games while averaging 76.6 points on 51% shooting including 49% from three. The Saints next three games - and 10 of their next 11 overall - feature nighttime tip-offs.
5.) Siena ranks 74th nationally (351 teams) shooting 37.6% from three-point range. The Saints have shot 40% or better from distance eight times, and made 10 or more threes four times so far this season. Siena is shooting 39.9% from three-point range while averaging 8.1 makes over the past seven games.
6.) Siena’s bench is averaging 28.4 points per game while outscoring their opponents' reserves by an average of 8.9 points. Conversely, the Saints' starters are averaging just 41.6 points per game while being outscored on average by 15.9 points by its opponents’ Starting Five.
7.) Siena has used 10 different starting lineup combinations over the team’s first 17 games which is sixth most nationally. Only Florida Gulf Coast (12), Bryant (11), Pitt (11), UTEP (11), and UT Martin (11) have used more combinations. Eleven players on the Saints’ 14-player roster have made starts, and no player has started every game.
8.) Freshman forward Prince Oduro leads four Saints in double figures in MAAC play averaging 11.5 points
9.) Siena has played Iona more times than any other opponent (111), and the Gaels lead the all-time series 62-49. Iona has won 14 of the past 17 meetings overall, although Siena has won each of the past two seasons in New Rochelle.
10.) Defending MAAC Tournament Champion Iona is also the preseason favorite to repeat after receiving nine of 11 first-place votes. The Gaels are in the midst of a four-game homestand, and have won 29 of their last 35 regular season conference contests at the Hynes Athletics Center.