Canisius coach Jim Baron has a chance to win his 400th career game tonight when the Golden Griffins play Siena on the road.
Both Canisius and Niagara aim to stay on top of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tonight with road games against foes who are at or near the bottom of the league standings.
The Golden Griffins (10-5) and the Purple Eagles (7-8) are part of a four-way tie for first place in the MAAC at 3-1.
Canisius plays at Siena (2-13, 0-4 MAAC) at 7 p.m. at Albany’s Times Union Center (Time Warner Cable SportsChannel , 1400 AM).
Niagara plays at St. Peter’s (6-8, 1-3 MAAC) at 7 p.m. at the Jersey City, N.J., school’s Yanitelli Center (930 AM).
First-year Canisius coach Baron has compiled his 399 career wins at four Division I schools. The others are, in order, St. Francis (Pa.), St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island.
Siena has won 13 of its last 14 meetings with Canisius, including the last three, and Golden Griffin wins in the Times Union Center have been rare. A win tonight would end the Griffs’ eight-game losing streak to Siena on the Saints’ home floor. The last Canisius win there was on Jan. 17, 2005.
However, Siena, the conference’s most successful program (most MAAC wins, 230, since joining in 1989-90, plus five NCAA Tournament appearances), is experiencing its worst start through 15 games as a Division I program. Siena’s 11-game losing streak matches its second longest in program history (1958-59 and 1959-60). It is also only the second time that Siena has started MAAC play 0-4 — it has never started conference play 0-5.
A win for Niagara, which has won three straight MAAC games, would also be something of a landmark. Another MAAC victory tonight would give the Purple Eagles their longest conference winning streak since a four-game run from late February to early March in 2009.
The lone MAAC win for St. Peter’s was an impressive one, coming against Iona (9-6). Iona and Loyola (11-5) are the other 3-1 teams tied with Canisius and Niagara atop the MAAC.
Niagara did lose its last game, but it was against Brown.