1. Fun facts Siena is a Catholic college established in 1937 by the Franciscan order, named after Saint Bernardine of Siena. (Who's the patron saint of gambling addicts, actually.) The campus was built on an old asparagus farm.
2. "We love our Saints." That is the slogan the college uses to promote their men's and women's basketball teams. But until 1988 Siena's athletic teams were known as the Indians, not Saints. The name was changed out of respect for Native Americans, and to honor St. Bernadine who the school was named after. (Ed. Note: It happens.) This explains why Siena uses a St. Bernard dog as their mascot; Bernardine is Italian for Bernard. This is Siena fourth NCAA appearance. In 1989, they defeated No. 3 seed Stanford, and the team's big win this season also came against Stanford.
3. Senior leadership......literally. Siena guard Tay Fisher is the only senior on this years team. With practically the whole team returning next season, one has to believe Siena will be favored to repeat as MAAC champs. — Upstate Underdog