just a week ago Coach Carmen Maciariello shocked us all when he opened our weekly interview by saying he had contracted COVID-19. Here we are a week later and Coach Carm is back to running three miles a day and "controlling what he can control" as the Saints prepare to get back on the court against Niagara this weekend.

The Siena Saints haven't been able to play since January 31st. Luckily the Niagara Purple Eagles have been on pause since January 31st. So it should be a fairly even match-up when it comes to conditioning and team practices.

The Siena regular-season schedule only has six games left and they've only had 35 team practices. So when you see the skill level that the Saints are playing with it's super impressive. So far they've had multiple player of the week awards and currently have the best winning percentage in the MAAC. Listen to Coach Carm lay out the challenges that Siena's been facing.

I love the way Coach Carm looks at the process. He's in his second year of being the head coach of the Saints and he hasn't had a non-COVID-19 season. Last season the Saints went from a team that couldn't win on the road to winning the MAAC regular-season title. Only to have the MAAC tournament and NCAA tournament canceled. Fast-forward to the 2020 - 2021 season where we weren't sure there'd be college basketball at all and one pause after another.

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Now the Saints have an 8 - 2 record and a shot at being the top seed in the MAAC tournament in Atlantic City starting March 9th. The last hurdles are the Saints need to get at least two more games played to be eligible for the MAAC tourney and they need to have the most conference wins. Currently, Monmouth has 10 MAAC wins.

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