By Nick Veronica
Canisius at Siena, 2 p.m., Times Union Center
The teams: Canisius: 17-9, 11-4 MAAC, 7-6 road. RPI: 105. Streak: won one.
Siena Saints: 11-15, 7-8 MAAC, 8-3 home. RPI: 237. Streak: lost one.
Last game: Canisius rallied behind Billy Baron and Chris Perez to beat rival Niagara, 71-65, Friday night.
Siena lost in the final seconds Friday night against Marist, 65-64. The Saints led by four with 12 seconds to go but gave up a layup and then had their inbounds pass stolen, which Marist turned into a game-winning three-pointer.
About Siena: Siena is only a few years removed from being the class of the conference, but two head coaches later, the Saints are just another MAAC team that’s trying to break in young players and will likely become chum in the conference tournament. Junior guard Rob Poole leads the team in scoring with 14.6 points per game and sophomore forward Brett Bisping is second with an even 10.0. Head coach Jimmy Patsos, formerly of Loyola, has no seniors on his roster.
Recent history: Canisius has won the last two meetings in the series, including a 93-87 win in December, but Siena owns 14 of the last 17. Canisius is 3-26 at Siena since MAAC play began in 1989.
Manhertz status: Chris Manhertz is not expected to play for Canisius after missing the last two games with a broken nose. I’ll update when I have an official word. UPDATE:
Scoring leaders: With his 34-point performance Friday night, Billy Baron’s average is back up to 24.0 points per game, good for fourth nationally.
MAAC standings (teams play 20 conference games; the top five seeds get byes in the tournament):
Other MAAC games Sunday are Niagara at Manhattan, Marist at Monmouth and St. Peter’s at Quinnipiac.
How to follow the game: I’ll be following the game and tweeting, and this list should be active. The Siena media guide says the game will be on Time Warner, but that’s no help if you’re a Verizon subscriber.