Siena To Open Season at Duke and Wisconsin

This year’s Siena Saints team will waste no time challenging itself against top level competition as they will kick off the non-conference schedule against the defending national champions and the national runner-up. They will face National Champion Duke on Friday, November 13 at Cameron Indoor Stadium and then on Sunday, November 15 the Saints will take on National Runner-Up Wisconsin at the Kohl Center in Madison. Both games are part of the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.

“This event was an opportunity that Coach Patsos and I identified as being beneficial for the program,” Siena athletic director John D’Argenio said. “Like the multi-team exempted events we have participated in in the past the field is extremely challenging.”
Follwing the opening two games, the Aaints Saints move on to play in the 2K Classic Subregional Round November 20-21 at the Chase Athletic Center in Smithfield, R.I. The Saints will be joined in the Subregional by Prairie View A&M, Radford and host Bryant.
As Siena begins the 2015-2016 campaign, they will add a number of pieces to the roster that finished last season. Brett Bisping and Imoh Silas are expected to be back to 100% after season-ending injuries suffered last year. Four talented freshman, Nico Clareth, Kenny Wormley, Evan Fisher and Kinnon Larose have looked good in summer session workouts and are certain to have an immediate impact. Marquis Wright, Lavon Long and Ryan Oliver return to the rotation along with sophomores Jimmy Paige and Willem Brandwijk and fans will get their first look at Cam Gottfried, a walk-on who sat out last season that has now been added to the scholarship ranks.
Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski, the winningest coach in college basketball with 1,018 wins, led Duke to its fifth National Championship and a 35-4 record this past season. Duke has a roster boasting only one senior and could return six letterwinners. The Blue Devils currently have four McDonald’s All-Americans on their roster and will welcome two more (Luke Kennard and Chase Jeter) to next year’s squad. Duke will be making its third appearance in the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project (1999 and 2008), winning the 2008 title.
Head coach Bo Ryan is Wisconsin’s all-time leader in wins, amassing 357 victories in just 14 seasons. The Badgers claimed the Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles last season with a 16-2 league mark to go along with a 36-4 overall record in advancing to the Final Four for the second straight year and the Championship Game for the first time since 1941. Wisconsin returns 11 players, including two starters, led by junior forward Nigel Hayes (12.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg) and junior guard Bronson Koenig (8.7 ppg, 98 assists). Wisconsin is making its first 2K Classic appearance.

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