The Siena Saints will come to the KFC Yum Center this upcoming season to take on Louisville in non-conference action, this according to Jon Rothstein of CBS.
Louisville will host Siena as part of its 2017-18 non-conference schedule, per a source.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 12, 2017
Siena went 17-17 this past season and lost an 87-86 overtime thriller to Iona in the MAAC tournament championship game. The Saints had five double figure scorers on that team, but four of them were seniors. Rising junior guard Nico Clareth (13.7 ppg), who has already been named team captain for 2017-18, will be Siena’s top returnee.
The major plus about Siena being on Louisville’s 2017-18 schedule is that it means we’ll all get to watch Jimmy Patsos up close for one night.
Patsos, for those unfamiliar, is the coach who made headlines earlier this year for his imaginary handshake line routine after the Rider coaches and players refuse to shake hands following a contentious MAAC game in January.
Classic video of Siena coach Jimmy Patsos shaking hands with air as Rider walks off without showing sportsmanship. pic.twitter.com/WHtmc9WTEq— Zach Bye (@byesline) January 18, 2017
Siena wins 78-68. Rider walks off, no handhakes. Jimmy Patsos does the handshakes on his own, anyway. pic.twitter.com/iV4Ko2zmWo— Michael Kelly (@ByMichaelKelly) January 18, 2017
When he was at Loyola of Maryland, Patsos also made national headlines by holding Stephen Curry scoreless by having three defenders on him at all times. Loyola still lost 74-48 and Davidson coach Bob McKillop was none too thrilled after the game. That didn’t matter too much to Patsos, who still thought his plan of attack was the right one.
“Anybody else ever hold him scoreless?” Patsos said. “I’m a history major. They’re going to remember that we held him scoreless, or we lost by 30?”
He wasn’t wrong.
The game will be the first meeting between Louisville and Siena since the second round of the 2009 NCAA tournament. In that game, if you remember, the Saints scared the absolute crap out of all of us before Terrence Williams came to the rescue in the game’s final minutes.
Here’s hoping the game this November or December isn’t quite as dramatic.