Opponent Preview: Siena

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota welcomes reigning Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Siena to Williams Arena on Monday. The game will tip-off at 8 p.m. on ESPNU.

Minnesota (1-0) vs. Siena (0-1)
Minneapolis, Minn. -- Williams Arena
8:00 p.m. -- ESPNU (Clay Matvick, Dickey Simpkins)

PREGAME NOTES

Season Opener: Siena opened with a four-point loss to Vermont on Nov. 13. The loss ended Siena's 39 game home-unbeaten streak. The Saints were down by as many as 15 points, but they fought back to within two points before Vermont iced the game with two late free throws. True freshman Rakeem Brookins recieved his first taste of college basketball and respond with eight points, three assists, and three steals.

Team Preview: Siena has dominated the MAAC conference winning three consecutive conference tiles but this season will be a little different. Mitch Buonaguro takes over as head coach replacing Fran McCaffery who is now the head coach at the University of Iowa. Luckily for Buonaguro, double-double machine Ryan Rossiter returns for his senior season to give the Saints a go-to post player. Rossiter set a school record with 22 double-doubles last season. The 6-foot-9, 260 pound forward averaged 13.8 points and 11.1 rebounds per game last season.

Preseason Honors: Siena senior forward Ryan Rossiter was voted as the MAAC Pre- season Player of the Year. Rossiter showed the hype is deserved when he opened the season with 27 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to Vermont.

Series History: Monday's match up will the second meeting between the two teams. The Gophers won the first matchup when they defeated the Saints in the second round of the 1989 NCAA Tournament.

Projected Starters:
22 Ryan Rossiter (F) – 27 ppg, 10 rpg
31 Owen Wignot (F) – 6 ppg, 4 rpg
1 OD Anosike (C) – 11 ppg, 5 rpg
5 Kyle Griffin (G) – 2 ppg, 4 apg
13 Clarence Jackson (G) – 14 ppg, 1 apg

Top Reserves:
12 Rakeem Brookins (G) – 8 ppg, 3 spg
2 Trenity Burdine (F) – 3 ppg, 0 rpg
21 Davis Martens (F) – 2 ppg, 2 rpg
32 Jonathan Breeden (G) – 3 ppg, 2 apg

Background
Location: Loudonville, N.Y.
Enrollment: 3,305
Conference: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Nickname: Saints
Colors: Green & Gold
Head Coach: Mitch Buonaguro
Record at SC: 0-1
2009-10 Record: 27-7 (17-1)

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