Sportsmanship is about putting aside petty differences, respecting your opponents, and, sometimes, shaking hands with a bunch of ghosts. Siena beat Rider tonight in some hot MAAC action, and at the end of the game, things got real feisty real quick. Rider guard Anthony Durham landed a nasty jab and the kerfuffle…
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Four players averaging double figures, a coach named Fran, and they beat Ohio State last year — Siena's good. Purdue's missing Robbie Hummel, but Chris Kramer has the gumption to become a hated March Madness figure. Don't sleep on them.
Deadspin Albany operative Daniel reports that these signs were hanging all over town yesterday. No wonder Siena was so fired up against OSU; they had had ENOUGH of Thad Matta's son badmouthing upstate New York.
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I had this well-thought out screed about how the first round was about as scintillating as a Mennonite snuff film. I had to tear it up and deposit it in a UNICEF box.
Your live blogger for this game will be young Kevin Whitaker, who blogs high school sports at the Albany Times-Union and said he wanted "an opportunity to swear more." Here's your fucking opportunity.
Midwest Region: No. 8 Ohio State (22-10) vs. No. 9 Siena (26-7)
When: Friday, 9:40 p.m., EDT
Where: University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
OHIO STATE BUCKEYES
1) They don't reload; it's an automatic Few programs have been as affected by the NBA age limit rule as Ohio State's, perhaps because few coaches seem to care…
Vanderbilt Commodores (26-7) vs. Siena Saints (22-10)
When: Friday, 7:10 p.m.
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.