Siena Men’s Basketball announced their 2015-2016 non conference schedule on Wednesday and has been previously reported, they will waste no time in testing this year’s squad.
The Saints will open up with games at Duke 11/13 and Wisconsin 11/15 as part of the 2k Classic facing the defending National Champion and runner-up respectively. They will then move on to play 2 sub regionals in the 2k Classic facing two opponents from a pool that includes the host team Bryant along with Prairie View and Radford. Match ups for those games will be finalized early next month.
Next up Siena heads to Bucknell, the defending Patriot League champs on Tuesday Nov. 24.
The Saints return to the Times Union Center to face Loyola in the home opener of the season on Sat 11/28 followed by an away game at Cornell on Tues 12/1.
Siena’s next three non conference games will be at home on Weds 12/9 vs. Hofstra, Sat 12/12 vs. UAlbany for the Albany Cup & Tues 12/22 vs. St. Bonaventure in the annual Franciscan Cup Game.
The Saints wrap up their non conference schedule on Tues 12/29 with a day game at Vermont. Siena will be looking to break a streak of five straight losses to the Catamounts.
“It’s a schedule that’s going to make us better,” Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos said. “It’s a challenging schedule, and it’s a great schedule. To open with Duke and Wisconsin is an honor. I think our fans will enjoy our home non-league games too. There is familiarity with Hofstra and Joe Mihalich coming back, and Loyola returning. Then we have the Franciscan Cup and Albany Cup at home which are both big events for our school and community. I’m hoping fans will make the short trip to cheer us on in the regional rivalry games against Cornell and Vermont too.”
Siena will be facing a challenging slate of non-conference opponents, with 7 of 11 having appeared in national post season tournaments last year.