Siena will play seven games in November, highlighted by the 2012 NUCDF Basketball Challenge in San Diego, California. Processed from the tournament will be used to raise awareness and support for the National Urea Cycle Disorders Foundation.
The Saints will play three games from November 16th to 18th against Cal State-Northridge, Northern Kentucky and the host University of San Diego. The Saints first game will be against Cal State-Northridge, a team that went 7-21 last season. Northern Kentucky, in their first season in Division I as part of the Atlantic Sun Conference, will face the Saints on November 17th in their second game. The Norse went 23-7 last year competing in Division II’s Great Lakes Valley Conference. The Saints will wrap up by taking on the host Toreros, a team that went 13-18 last season in the West Coast Conference. It will be Siena’s first meetings with each of their three opponents as part of the NUCDF Basketball Challenge. The only team in the five-team field that the Saints will not play will be Tulsa.
The Saints will travel to take on the University of Maine on Sunday November 25th as part of their return game from their 2010 BracketBuster game. Siena beat Maine 71-60 in the home BracketBuster game and hold a 13-4 record all-time against Maine. Following that game they will return a game at home against UMass, a team that made the NIT Semifinals last season.
Siena will host the Albany Cup Game on Saturday December 1st at 7:30pm. The Saints hold a 32-19 advantage in the all-time series.
Following the Albany Cup the Saints will play three straight Atlantic 10 teams. On December 4th the Saints will travel to St. Bonaventure to play the Bonnies for the third straight season for a chance to win the Franciscan Cup. St. Bonaventure has won the last two meetings and owns a 27-6 advantage in the all-time series. Following that game, the Saints will resume non-conference play on December 23rd with a road trip to Fordham, a team that beat Siena 74-59 in their first ever meeting at the Times Union Center last season.
Following a Holiday Break, Siena will host LaSalle in their final non-conference game of the year. The Saints will play the Explorers for the first time since the 1991-92 season when both competed in the MAAC. LaSalle finished 21-13 and appeared in the NIT last season.
The Saints will host a BracketBuster game against a To Be Determined opponent on Sunday February 24th at the Times Union Center. Last year, the Saints traveled to Hofstra and lost 81-69 to the Pride. As part of BracketBusters, teams must return their game in either of the following two seasons after the contest.
Siena is 9-13 combined in their first two seasons of non-conference play under Head Coach Mitch Buonaguro.
2012-13 Non-Conference Schedule
November 9th vs Vermont 7:30pm
November 11th at Navy 2pm
NUCDF Basketball Challenge – San Diego*
November 16th vs Cal State Northridge * TBA
November 17th vs Northern Kentucky * TBA
November 18th vs San Diego * TBA
November 25th at Maine TBA
November 28th vs UMass 7pm
December 1st vs Albany 7:30pm
December 4th at St. Bonaventure 7pm
December 23rd at Fordham 7pm
December 29th vs LaSalle 7pm
February 24th vs BracketBusters TBA