LOUDONVILLE — With a win of its own and favorable results around the MAAC this Friday, the Siena men’s basketball team could leave its game against Rider alone in first place.
And, one thing is for certain: Siena will play that 9 p.m. Friday game inside a venue where it has demonstrated a strong home-court advantage this season.
The Saints, 11-10 overall on the season, are 10-0 at their home Times Union Center in Albany. Siena is in a three-way tie for third place with Manhattan and Monmouth at 7-5, a half-game behind both Rider and Saint Peter’s at 8-5.
Through Siena’s 10-0 start at home, here are 10 numbers to know.
Shooting percentage for junior Manny Camper during home games. On the road, Camper is shooting 44.6% from the field.
Siena’s current home winning streak is the program’s longest since its program-record streak achieved from 2008-2010. That 38-game home winning streak closed with an 80-76 loss to Vermont in Siena’s season-opening game of the 2010-11 season.
Teams left in the nation that are undefeated at home, through Monday’s action. Siena is the lone remaining team in the MAAC with a perfect mark at home.
Per-game scoring average for sophomore Jalen Pickett at Times Union Center. The guard averages 13.1 points per game on the road. At home, Pickett shoots 50.8% overall from the field and 46% from 3-point territory, while he has shot 40.2% overall and 29.5% from 3-point range on the road.
Average winning margin for the Saints at home. On the road, Siena has been outscored by an average of 5.4 points per game.
Average points per game more fifth-year senior Elijah Burns scores at home than on the road. Burns is averaging 19.1 points at home on 73.8% shooting, while he’s averaging 11.7 points per game on 54.9% shooting on the road. Burns also averages 7.8 rebounds per game at home, up from 4.7 on the road.
Double-digit wins for the Saints at Times Union Center this season. The team has won each of its last three home games by at least 13 points.
Fewer fouls assessed per game to Siena at home than on the road. The Saints are averaging 20 fouls per game away from Times Union Center, and 14.9 in Albany.
MAAC rank for the Saints in home attendance. Average attendance this season for Siena is 6,040, while the next-best mark of 1,974 belongs to Monmouth.
MAAC tournament games Siena will play at Times Union Center this March. After the Albany venue hosted the event for the last five years, the tournament will be played this year at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.