Marist (8-20) at Siena (7-21)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Friday, March 1, 7 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Times Union Center (15,229) -- Albany, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Marist 5-7, Siena 4-9. Away Record: Marist 2-11, Siena 2-11. Neutral Record: Marist 1-2, Siena 1-1. Conference Record: Marist 4-12, Siena 4-12. Series Record: Siena leads, 47-23.
GAMES NOTES: Double-double machine O.D. Anosike and the Siena Saints will lock horns with the Marist Red Foxes in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference bout at the Times Union Center on Friday night.
Both of these teams have already missed out getting a bye in the first round in the MAAC Tournament. The Red Foxes are entering this game with wins in three of their last five contests but they are still just 8-20 overall, while tied with the Saints for second to last in the league standings (4-12). Marist, which is just 2-11 on the road, will host Fairfield in its regular-season finale on Sunday.
Siena took a break from MAAC play on Sunday and defeated Radford, 65-57, in overtime. The Saints had lost five straight games before that and are currently just 7-21 overall with the same league record as the Red Foxes. This contest wraps up the final three-game homestand for Siena which will travel to face Iona in Sunday's regular-season finale.
These two cellar dwellers matched up at McCann Arena at the end of January. Siena escaped with a 79-75 victory in the contest for its 11th win in the last 12 matchups. Siena now leads the all-time series, 47-23.
The Red Foxes were also involved in a BracketBusters matchup last time out. In the contest Marist routed VMI, 112-74. It was an offensive eruption for the Red Foxes who shot better than 60 percent from the field and knocked down 12 shots from beyond the arc.
Chavaughn Lewis (16.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg) was absolutely dominant in the win over VMI as he poured in 30 points, ripped down 16 rebounds and handed out six assists. Lewis is one of the 10 best scorers in the MAAC. The 6-foot-5 swingman has been sensational down the stretch, scoring at least 20 points in six of the last eight games. Devin Price (14.3 ppg) shoots just 34.9 percent from the field but has scored well as the second option. Adam Kemp (9.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.0 bpg) is a solid player in the frontcourt. As a team, Marist is scoring 65.4 points per game, shooting 42 percent from the field.
Anosike came up huge for Siena at the end of regulation against Radford. The 6-foot-8 forward ripped down an offensive rebound with seven seconds left and hit two free throws after being fouled to force overtime. In the extra session the Saints hit 9-of-14 from the free-throw line to secure the victory.
Siena's weakness on the offensive end of the floor has sunk it this season. The Saints are dead last in the conference in scoring (59.1 ppg), assists (9.8 pg) and field-goal percentage (.395). Each of those marks is among the 20 worst in the country as well. Anosike (12.7 ppg, 11.6 rpg) became the third active player in the country to grab 1,000 career rebounds and score 1,000 points earlier this season. Anosike is second in the nation in rebounding and has posted 16 double-doubles this season, though he has had only six in the last 15 contests after doing so in 10 of the first 11 games. Injuries have really laid waste to Siena this season with Rakeem Brookins (11.9 ppg) out with a strained back and Even Hymes (11.0 ppg) suffering from a sprained ankle.
This will be the last game at home for Anosike after a stellar career with the Saints. With the home crowd behind him and the Saints one final time, Siena should be able to push itself to a rare victory.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Siena 65, Marist 62
03/01 10:37:04 ET