Jimmy Patsos and reigning CBI champion Siena will defend their postseason crown by opening with nine-game nonconference schedule released today. (Photo courtesy of the Albany Times Union)
Four months removed from the first championship in program history, Jimmy Patsos and Siena released their 2014-15 nonconference schedule, a nine-game slate that will see the Saints battle quality opponents while defending their CBI title.
Following a November 8 exhibition against Division II Gannon University, Siena opens their campaign on November 14 at the Mullins Center in Amherst against Derek Kellogg and UMass, who will seek a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance despite losing lightning-quick point guard Chaz Williams to graduation. Three days later, the Saints take on Vermont for their home opener at the Times Union Center before competing again in another 48 hours when they defend the Franciscan Cup against St. Bonaventure to wrap up a stretch of three games in six days.
A ten-day hiatus ensues before Siena travels to Baltimore to take on Patsos' former Loyola program now coached by his former assistant, G.G. Smith, with a trip to Rose Hill Gym on deck two days after that to renew the Saints' rivalry with Tom Pecora and Fordham as the final tuneup before MAAC play opens the following weekend. After the first two league contests, three of Siena's final four nonconference affairs are at home, starting with a December 13 tilt with reigning America East champion Albany before a trip to Radford (December 19) precedes meetings with Cornell (December 23) and Bucknell (December 28) to take the Saints into 2015.
***Click here for Siena's nonconference schedule release, featuring quotes from head coach Jimmy Patsos. A Daly Dose Of Hoops hopes to have a full interview with Patsos in the days to come.***