Forget about an at-large bid for right now, after Niagara's
25-point victory over Fairfield
(yes, 25), the Siena is only two games ahead of the Purple Eagles for first place in the MAAC with five to play.
Forget about the Stags chances to win everything too after Jonathan Han's career may be over
The Saints (12-1, 18-6) take on Loyola tonight in Albany with a chance to cement away the conference by going up 2.5 games with four to play.
The Greyhounds (6-7, 11-14) have lost two in a row after six consecutive (five MAAC) wins had put them back on the map.
Since it's seems like forever since these two teams met back in Baltimore, I'll give you a little info on the team.
First, as most people know, they are led by coach Jimmy Patsos.
Patsos wears his heart on his sleeve and probably will sweat through his suit before tip-off.
He has turned the program around in his five seasons after assisting at the University of Maryland.
In another interesting note, he was college roommates with Vermont coach Mike Lonergan at Catholic.
Patsos gained national attention earlier this season when he decided to double team Davidson's Stephen Curry - for the entire game.
Loyola lost that game by 30.
The Greyhounds are led by sophomore Jamal Barney, who is averaging 18.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, junior Brett Harvey and senior Marquis Sullivan.
It's getting towards mid-February and that means the bracket analysis is at high right now.
On Sports Illustrated's web site the Saints are still getting a No. 11 seed for the NCAA Tournament, but any thoughts of an at-large may have went out the window with the loss to Rider on Saturday.
Also, former Siena player Jack McClinton is on the home page as he is helping Miami make a run at the dance.
The No. 6 seeds (who the Saints would matchup against if they were an 11) are Syracuse, Arizona State, Ohio State and Florida.
Back to the present though, we'll see how Siena plays tonight, coming off a loss, in their own building against a team they should beat.
The Saints last home loss came February 16 against Loyola, when Greg Manning (now an assistant coach) hit a 3-pointer to send the game to overtime with hardly any time to go, spoiling a career night for Edwin Ubiles, who scored 37.
Prediction: Manning stays on the bench, Ubiles doesn't score 37 and Siena wins 80-70 (Just like Siena, I'm trying to get back on the winning track. My record is 18-6)
Labels: College Basketball, Jonathan Han, Loyola, Siena