Hello from Loudonville. Interesting draw for our Saints against Purdue. Many of our fans thought we might be an 11 seed, but I'm sure many here have mixed emotions about your 4 seed. Siena has won tourney games in back-to-back years with wins over Vanderbilt (2008) and Ohio State (2009). Here is a breakdown on the Saints:
PG - Ronald Moore - led the nation in assists this past season with 7.8 per game. He lost his shooting touch earlier this season, but has gotten it back a bit in the conference tournament. Lightening quick - played incredibly last year in the tourney in breaking Louisville's press. Remembered for his two buzzer-beater 3 pt buckets in last years double OT win over Ohio State. 1st team all league
SG - Clarence Jackson - Athletic guard that can knock down the 3. Most effective when he mixes things up and looks to take the ball to the hole. When he just settles for 3's, his game becomes a bit one dimensional. 3rd team all-league
SF - Edwin Ubiles - the most talented player on the team. 6'7 with a smooth game on both ends of the floor. Scored 27 in the conference finals, after being snubbed for all-league 1st team. Very long and athletic - scored close to 2,000 points in his career. Likely the teams only NBA prospect
PF - Alex Franklin - Only 6'5 but extremely athletic. Announcers often comment "if he were 6'8 he would play anywhere in the country". Finishes hard around the rim, and always gives 100% effort. Conference Playoer of the Year
C - Ryan Rossiter - Another 1st team selection...averaged 15 points and 10 boards a game. Not the most athletic big guy, but sacrifices his body on both ends of the floor. Can finish with a variety of moves around the basket, and plays solid D.
The bench doesn't offer a ton of depth, but the coaches tend to lean heavily on the talented starting 5. If anyone is interested, I will share links to local articles related to the match-up from Albany over the next few days.