The Saints continued to fight in their second-round game against top-seeded Louisville. They came back from a double-digit deficit to take a 63-59 lead before the Cardinals bounced back to pull out a 79-72 win.
That performance will likely raise Siena's profile higher for next year, but McCafferry said there's still work to do to bring the Saints to the same level as the top mid-majors.
"Those programs have been good for 10 years," he said of Gonzaga and Xavier. "We have been as good at times, but not consistently as good over those 10 years as those other teams. That's what we've got to work on."