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Siena basketball's Hein hoping for Saints, Chiefs wins on Sunday

Siena basketball's Hein hoping for Saints, Chiefs wins on Sunday

Team likely to be on bus throughout Super Bowl
Siena basketball's Hein hoping for Saints, Chiefs wins on Sunday
Matt Hein, right, is shown during a recent game.
Photographer: Gazette file photo

LOUDONVILLE — Siena men’s basketball fifth-year senior Matt Hein is a fan of the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs.

Well, he’d take slight issue with that description.

“I’m a big Chiefs fan,” Hein said after Sunday’s win vs. Quinnipiac.

So Hein, like any Chiefs fan, is thrilled that his team is in this year’s Super Bowl. The Chiefs haven’t played on the NFL’s grandest stage since 1970, back when Kansas City topped the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in Super Bowl IV. 

But there’s one problem for Hein, a graduate transfer playing this season for Siena after starting his college career at Illinois State.

His Chiefs’ game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. kickoff.

His Saints, though, tip off at 4 p.m. Sunday at Saint Peter’s.

So . . . 

“Obviously, we wouldn’t like overtime,” Hein said, “but that’s because we’d like to come out with a ‘W’ in regulation. But, if overtime happens, it happens. I came to Siena to play basketball and to help my team win.”

Siena, which plays Friday at Iona before it plays Sunday at Saint Peter’s, is the nation’s lone remaining team that is undefeated at home and winless on the road. Helping the Saints make sure they lose that distinction is Hein’s top focus heading into this weekend.

“Once we take care of business, then I can focus on the Chiefs,” said Hein, a Florida native who inherited his fandom from his parents.

Hein said he’s prepared to watch Sunday’s big game on his cell phone, as the Saints will head back to the Capital Region by bus following their game’s conclusion. The 6-foot-4 guard is expecting to end the day with a pair of victories.

“I’ve got my Chiefs, 34-21,” Hein said.

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

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