LOUISVILLE, KY - Siena Basketball begins competition in the Houzz Gotham Classic presented by Ticket IQ when the Saints face perennial national power Louisville at 7 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
Tonight's contest marks the Saints' first of four games in the Houzz Gotham Classic over the next two weeks. Siena hosts crosstown rival UAlbany as part of the Albany Cup Saturday, and will also play at Bryant (Dec. 17) and Memphis (Dec. 20) as part of the event.
Mike Couzens and Debbie Antonelli have the call of the national broadcast on ESPN2, which is available in the Capital Region to Spectrum subscribers on Channels 25 and 301. The ESPN2 broadcast is also accessible online at WatchESPN.com by clicking the corresponding link at the top of the page, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed 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 the Saints' official twitter page @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 stretch tonight where they play five of their next seven games on the road to close out December. The stretch is bookended by a pair of season long three-game homestands.
2.) Siena has used five different starting lineup combinations over the team's first seven games. Nine different Saints have made starts this season, although no player has started all seven games. Siena used 11 different starting lineup combinations last season.
3.) The Saints shot 22-27 (81.5%) from the free-throw line in Saturday's 76-74 win over Robert Morris. Siena converted 12 of their 13 free throw attempts in the final 1:52 to seal the two-point victory. The Saints had entered play shooting just 64.6% from the charity stripe on the season.
4.) Siena is playing its sixth 20-win opponent in its first eight games to open the season. The Saints' 2017-18 non-conference opponents combined to average 20.5 wins and post a .617 win percentage last season.
5.) Siena is making just the program's second-ever appearance in Kentucky. The Saints dropped their only previous meeting in the Bluegrass State 83-74 at Murray State on Jan. 20, 1956.
6.) Siena sports a 3-5 all-time record vs. current Division I programs from Kentucky. The Saints have played five of the seven Division I schools with the exceptions of Kentucky and Western Kentucky.
7.) Siena converted a program record 44 free throws to capture the first-ever meeting vs. Louisville, 78-71 at the Armory on Dec. 10, 1953.
8.) The Saints and Cardinals most recently met in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament in 2009. Siena led the No. 1 overall national seed 63-59 with 7:49 to go, before eventually succumbing 79-72.
9.) Siena is 7-23 (.233) all-time vs. the 15 programs which currently comprise the ACC. The Saints have played 11 of the 15 current members, with the exceptions of Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Virginia Tech. Siena's last win over an ACC opponent was a 62-57 triumph over Georgia Tech on Dec. 22, 2010 in Albany.
10.) Louisville posted a 25-9 overall record this past season, advancing to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinals were projected to finish fifth in the ACC Preseason Poll, and both Deng Adel and Quentin Snider were named Preseason All-ACC Second Team selections.