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Siena vs. Niagara - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Niagara Purple Eagles (3-9) at Siena Saints (5-8)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Times Union Center)

The Line: Siena Saints -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Niagara Purple Eagles and Siena Saints play Thursday night at the Times Union Center.

The Niagara Purple Eagles have split their last four games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, Niagara is averaging 60.4 points on 38.5 percent shooting and is allowing 69.8 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Emile Blackman is averaging 11 points and 3.5 rebounds while Ramone Snowden is averaging 10.4 points and 6.8 rebounds. Rayvon Harris is grabbing 4.3 rebounds and Wesley Myers is shooting 35.4 percent from the field. The Niagara Purple Eagles are a struggling offensive team with two double-digit scorers while they’re shooting 64.5 percent from the free throw line and 32.3 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, Niagara is forcing 12.8 turnovers and is allowing teams to shoot nearly 40 percent from deep.

Siena vs. Niagara - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Siena Saints have split their last four games and look for their third conference victory. On the season, Siena is averaging 72.6 points on 42.9 percent shooting and is allowing 76 points on 47.2 percent shooting. Rob Poole is averaging 14.5 points and 4.9 rebounds while Marquis Wright is averaging 13.6 points and 5.5 assists. Lavon Long is the third player averaging double-digit points and Javion Ogunyemi is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Siena Saints are lousy defensively despite forcing nearly 15 turnovers, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 38.1 percent from deep and have given up 71 or more points in six of their last seven games. Offensively, Siena is shooting 70.1 percent from the free throw line and 32.4 percent from beyond the arc.

The Purple Eagles are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Saints are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Purple Eagles are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Siena and 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings overall.

Both teams are going through a rough patch in the season but the Siena Saints have been money ATS on their home court. While I don't feel strong about this game, the Saints and the chalk should be the play if forced to cap this game. 

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Siena Saints -8.5

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