Men’s basketball MAAC Tournament: Scouting Siena

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Men’s basketball MAAC Tournament: Scouting Siena

Photo: Lauren Heery

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Juliana Nikac and Bryan Schwartz

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The Siena Saints (8-23 overall, 4-14 MAAC) enter the 2018 MAAC men’s basketball tournament as the number 10 seed in the conference as they take on seventh-seeded Quinnipiac (10-20 overall, 7-10 MAAC) in the opening round.

Here is a look at the Bobcats’ opponent Thursday evening:

THIS SEASON – Quinnipiac swept the season series in 2018 against Siena with a one-point victory on New Year’s Day at the Times Union Center and a seven-point win Jan. 21 in Hamden. Both times the Bobcats saw different versions of the Saints.

In the first matchup of the season between these two teams, Siena guard Nico Clareth was still a part of the lineup. Clareth, the leading scorer and captain left the team two days after the loss to Quinnipiac.

In the second matchup, it was Roman Penn who led the Saints into the TD Bank Sports Center. Penn led Siena with 31 minutes played that day, but was held to just six points. The freshman guard is second on the Saints in points per game with 9.7, though just underwent heel surgery ending his season.

WHO’S LEFT? – Throughout all the injuries the Saints have had two constants. That next guy is forward Evan Fisher. Fisher shot six of eight from beyond the arc against Quinnipiac Jan. 21. The junior averages 7.9 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per contest.

The front court for the Saints is also held down by freshman Prince Oduro. The Toronto-native leads the Saints with 5.1 boards per game, while also scoring 9.2 points per contest.

Fisher and Oduro will provide a tough test for the Bobcats down low, with both tallying a combined 43 rebounds this season.

HOME COURT – The Saints are lucky to be hosting this tournament. Away from the Times Union Center, Siena is 1-15 on the year. In conference play, they have not won a game outside of Albany. On the flip-side, Quinnipiac is 3-12 outside of Hamden. Based on the numbers this is exactly what head coach Jimmy Patsos and the Saints want, home-cookin’.

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