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Ten games in, 10 numbers to know about Siena men's basketball

Ten games in, 10 numbers to know about Siena men's basketball

Saints are 5-5
Ten games in, 10 numbers to know about Siena men's basketball
Siena's Jalen Pickett.
Photographer: Erica Miller/Gazette Photographer

LOUDONVILLE — Through its opening 10 games of the 2019-20 season, the Siena men’s basketball team sits at an even 5-5 mark. 

That record includes a 1-0 start in MAAC play, as the Saints defeated Canisius last week. The rest of Siena’s league slate starts with Friday’s home game against Monmouth.

From Siena’s first 10 games, here are 10 numbers to know. 

(All listed national rankings are through Monday’s games.)


Percentage of potential defensive rebounds Siena has secured. That figure, according to kenpom.com’s database, ranks No. 3 in the nation.


Percentage of Siena’s points this season that fifth-year senior Elijah Burns, junior Manny Camper, redshirt sophomore Don Carey and sophomore Jalen Pickett have combined to score this season. All of those four players are averaging at least 12.7 points per game, while no other Saint is averaging more than freshman Jordan King at 4.3 points per game.


Overall shooting percentage from the field for Burns, who is averaging 16.1 points and six rebounds per game. Burns ranks No. 32 in the nation in shooting percentage.


Percentage of minutes this season played by Saints who didn’t appear in a game for the team last season. Besides returning starters Camper and Pickett, the rest of Siena’s top-seven players in terms of minutes played this season didn’t play a minute last season for the Saints.


Rebounds that Camper needs to match his season total from last season. The junior ranks No. 6 in the country in rebounds per game with 11.6 after averaging 5.4 last season. Camper averaged 0.21 rebounds per minute on the court last season, and he’s at 0.32 this season.


Percentage of Siena’s field-goal attempts this season from 3-point territory. Last season, the Saints attempted 47.7% of their shots from 3-point territory. 


Games that ended with winning or losing margins greater than two possessions. Siena is 1-3 in its group of close games, which doesn’t include the 11-point loss the Saints suffered in triple-overtime at Yale. 


MAAC teams heading into 2020 at .500 or better. Those four programs are Monmouth, Quinnipiac, Rider and Siena. Four other MAAC programs — Iona, Marist, Niagara and Saint Peter’s — have recorded three or fewer wins to this point in the season.


Players this season averaging at least 16 points, four assists, one steal and one blocked shot per game in the country, according to sports-reference.com. That player is Pickett, who is averaging 16.8 points, 4.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.2 blocked shots on the season, plus 4.7 rebounds.


Road wins the Saints secured in their first 10 games, as well as home losses they suffered. Siena went 5-0 at Times Union Center and 0-5 away from it.

Reach Michael Kelly at [email protected] or @ByMichaelKelly on Twitter.

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