Siena (12-14) at Hofstra (8-20)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 18, 4:00 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Mack Sports Complex (5,054) -- Hempstead, New York. Television: None. Home Record: Siena 9-4, Hofstra 6-9. Away Record: Siena 3-8, Hofstra 1-10. Neutral Record: Siena 0-2, Hofstra 1-1. Conference Record: Siena 7-9, Hofstra 2-14. Series Record: Hofstra leads, 3-0.
GAME NOTES: Meeting for just the fourth time in history, the Siena Saints and Hofstra Pride square off this afternoon at the Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead, New York as part of the annual BracketBusters event.
Both teams are taking a break from their respective conference schedules, and Hofstra is hoping to continue its dominance in the brief series as it has won the previous three meetings, including a 2006 triumph in a BracketBuster game.
Siena, despite having a down season after enjoying success in recent years, enters this matchup off two straight wins.
Second-year head coach Mitch Buonaguro relies on his starters in a big way. Leading scorers OD Anosike, Evan Hymes and Kyle Downey are all averaging at least 36.6 minutes per game. Anosike, a 6-8 power forward, is the leading rebounding in Division I with 12.8 boards per game and the national leader in double-doubles as well with 19.
The Saints have been solid defensively this season, but they would like to get off to a quick start today as they have been traditionally rather slow- starting in most of their games. They have trailed by double figures at halftime 10 times. They have won twice, however, after trailing by at least 15 points.
Hofstra has a 6-6 record outside the Colonial Athletic Association, but has lost each of its last four games -- all in conference -- by double figures, including 71-57 to Delaware at home on Tuesday. In fact, the Pride have lost 13 of their last 15 games overall.
The ball often is in the hands of 6-5 senior guard Mike Moore, who is averaging 19.1 ppg, and 6-5 senior forward Nathaniel Lester, who follows at 14.4 ppg. Moore is the Pride's top outside threat with 65 three-pointers, and both players get to the foul line often.
Point guard Dwan McMillan, another senior, does a good job of both handling and dishing the ball. He has 124 assists against 76 turnovers in 28 games.
Both teams are making their seventh appearance in the BracketBusters, and Hofstra's only loss in the event was a year ago, 82-56 at Wright State.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Siena 72, Hofstra 65
02/18 10:32:45 ET