Another part of the equation was what the Saints achieved in last year's NCAA Tournament. As a No. 13 seed, they knocked off No. 4 Vanderbilt by 21 points before losing to Villanova in the second round.
"I definitely think (the win) did help our seeding," said junior forward Edwin Ubiles. "I don't think anyone expected us to beat Vanderbilt like we did."
Siena won't have the luxury of sneaking up on anyone as a No. 9 seed like it did as a No. 13 seed. Though Ohio State comes from a major conference (the Big 10), several national pundits are predicting that the Saints will knock off the Buckeyes in Friday's opening round game.
"I definitely think it's a different expectation," said Ubiles. "Last year, no one expected us to do what we did. This time we're not Cinderella anymore."
"As a team, we have an expectation that we can beat anyone that we play," said Hasbrouck.
The experience the Saints gained playing in last year's tournament will come into play as they prepare for Ohio State.
"I think last year, we got a little taste of what (the tournament is) like, so I think we'll be ready this time," said Duell.
"They've got a great player in (Evan) Turner, and they have some great role players," said Hasbrouck. "We just have to be ready for them.""