‘Onions, Double Order!’ Relive Siena’s Upset Win over Ohio State
Ask any college coach, player or fan, and they'll tell you the same thing: there is no month quite like March.
March comes in like a lion, and out like...well, a lion. You begin the month with crunch time in conference regular season play, and continue with the electricity of conference tournaments. From there, the true March Madness begins, as teams vie for a national title.
We're currently fully embroiled in March Madness, and it's put us in a reminiscent mood, and brought to mind a game that was so good, it led to the creation of a classic March Madness catchphrase.
Which line, you may ask? It was this beauty:
Let's jump back to 2009, and a year in which the Siena Saints were playing for national glory in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. That season, the Saints finished with an overall record of 27-8, including a 16-2 mark in the MAAC.
The MAAC season culminated with three-straight wins at the now-MVP Arena, including a 77-70 victory over Niagara, to claim a MAAC postseason championship. With the MAAC being an automatic-bid league, the Saints would be dancing that March.
Led by head coach Fran McCaffrey, the Saints were matched up against Ohio State in the Round of 64. That season, Siena had four players averaging double digit points per game, led by Edwin Ubiles, Kenny Hasbrouck, and Alex Franklin. The Buckeyes, meanwhile, had a can't-miss prospect in their midst by the name of Evan Turner. Needless to say, the match-up against Ohio State wasn't going to be a walk in the park.
Instead, it turned into an instant classic, and one of the Capital Region's all-time great basketball games. Here are some of the best photos from that magical night.