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Why Siena’s got a Puncher’s Chance

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

With a respectable 13th seed for a MAAC team, Siena College is pitted against Vanderbilt for a first round match up on Friday.

Of course they’re not supposed to win, and as of now they are a seven point underdog.

But they’re a 13-seed; and sometimes you have to pick one of those weird upsets, right? Since 1985, of the 92 4-against-13 games, 18 of those games have been won by the 13. Twenty percent shot.

Luck aside, Siena’s actually got a decent shot with their speed and ability to convert turnovers into fast break points. If it turns into a running match, I think they’ve got the speed.

And when it comes having a smaller team beat one of the big guys; the “great equalizer” can make a difference.  Maybe Vandy doesn’t have a great night behind the arc while Siena’s drilling them all night.  And yes, there’s going to be a lot of maybes, but that’s how it’s got to be in order for this thing to down.

Sure Vandy is a much better team. Better athletes, better conference, better competition. But their record doesn’t really impress me all that much. Out of conference, they were 15-0 (very good) against some decent teams, and only three away games (plus two neutral-site games).  They never play on the road. And when they do, it’s not that good at 2-6 in conference.

And there are some people out there that seem to like this upset as well: Joe Lunardi of ESPN, and Seth Davis for SI and Clark Kellogg of CBS Sports.

All those reasons, and I’m just a homer.

And I’m hoping that Phil’s Mom picks them; I mean, she’s got to right?  And sure enough, she has them losing in the Elite 8 to Gonzaga.

Siena on ESPN.com

Thursday, March 13th, 2008

Siena on ESPN.com

In the department of “things that only a few people will think it’s cool, but I’m one of them,” I noticed that my alma mater had it’s own tab on the “spotlight” on ESPN.com’s Champ Week page.

Sure, it’ll probably last for an hour or so, and there probably isn’t anyone else besides the alumni of Siena College who would click through to read the story about Tay Fisher. But, man, it’s still kind of cool to me.