OK- it’s really Northern Iowa.
So yeah, ESPN screwed Siena. Siena’s 11-0 conference record is rewarded with the first place team in the Missouri Valley. Siena’s two and out trip to the NCAA tournament last year is rewarded with a trip to Northern Iowa in the 2009-10 season. The Panthers did not play a very challenging OOC schedule but are currently 10-1 in the MVC. Their lone loss is to last place Indiana State at home in OT. Basically my point is, with that kind of consistency, who knows if this team will sit atop the MVC at the end of the season.
The worst part about this matchup is there is no way we can move up or down with this game. Yes they are a top 100 team, but beating them really does nothing for our resume.
The time and network for the game will be decided next Monday.
Siena [by RPI] was the #1 Bracketbuster home team now slated to play the #8 Bracketbuster away team. This matchup can’t help Siena– it can only be the big win that Northern Iowa never got in their non-conference schedule. I wanted Northeastern, do you think Siena really wants to travel to Iowa next year?