CIT First RoundSiena Saints vs. Stony Brook Seawolves Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/18/14
Stony Brook Seawolves (23-10) at Siena Saints (15-17)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Times Union Center)
The Line: Siena Saints -1.5 -- Over/Under: 134.5 See the Latest Odds
The Times Union Center and the Siena Saints host a CIT first round tilt with the Stony Brook Seawolves.
Stony Brook suffered another year of disappointment when they dropped a 69-60 decision to Albany in the America East championship as they squandered a six point second half lead on their home floor. The Seawolves never were able to break free in that one and put the Great Danes away which was actually very common for this team throughout 2013-14 as the wins piled up but games were very competitive. When SB is playing well they can score and defend with enough balance to get the job done and if the defense plays well the firepower on the offensive end will lean on 15 point scorer Jameel Warney and three other DD scorers.
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If you follow MAAC basketball you know Siena hasn't been much of a factor in recent memory. That changed somewhat by virtue of the Saints 5th place finish at 11-9 that could have been even better if not for several close defeats. Siena won four straight before getting bounced from the conference postseason by Canisius 71-65. This team was outscored 72-70 on average but when this team won we saw some of the best defense in the MAAC so the key is for the D to continue to perform well and get a helping hand from the offense. Robe Poole leads this group at nearly 15 points but there are four others that can deliver a big night at anytime.
Strange that the team with the losing record gets the home floor yet is favored by less then a basket. However, this team is capable of playing well despite their record and have a chance here...