Fresno State ready for Siena in CBI championship series

March Madness returns Monday night for the Red Wave, for the start of the best-of-three College Basketball Invitational championship series against Siena.
March 30, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
March Madness returns Monday night for the Red Wave, for the start of the best-of-three College Basketball Invitational championship series against Siena. Fresno state got to this point by beating UTEP, Princeton and Old Dominion, and they looked sharp in each game.

Their last time out against ODU, Fresno State jumped out to an early lead and then made their free throws down the stretch. But Bulldog senior leader Tyler Johnson says defense will be the key to winning this championship series.

So who exactly is Fresno State playing Monday night? The Siena saints come from a small private school in Albany, New York. They had a sub-.500 record this season, but caught someone at the CBI's attention and earned an invitation to the tournament. After wins over Stony Brook, Penn state and Illinois State would follow, Siena is now two wins away from a postseason championship.

All the fun starts Monday night, in game one of the best of three CBI championship series. Tipoff against the Saints is at 7:00 p.m. at the Save Mart Center. It will be the first ever matchup between the two schools. Game two will be Wednesday night, April 2nd, in Albany, New York.


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