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Siena Saints vs. St. Bonaventure Bonnies Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/19/13

St. Bonaventure Bonnies (3-0) at Siena Saints (0-3)

College Basketball: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Times Union Center)

The Line: Siena Saints +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The undefeated St. Bonaventure Bonnies visit Albany for a non-conference contest against the winless Siena Saints.

St. Bonaventure is off to their best start in quite a few seasons as they sit at 3-0 on the year after wins over South Dakota, Albeline Christian and Canisius.  In their most recent matchup, the Bonnies rolled Canisius 86-64 behind Matthew Wright’s career high 27 points and Charloon Koof’s 15, 4 and 4 at the guard spot.  The Bonnies only hit one three pointer for the entire contest but managed to shoot 54% from the field in the win.  The Bonnies racked up a +19 edge on the boards and held Canisius under 40% shooting from both inside the arc and beyond.  

Siena Saints vs. St. Bonaventure Bonnies Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/19/13

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Siena has had a rough go of it through three games and currently sit at 0-3 as they return home after a tough loss to LaSalle 78-74.  Siena saw a 4 point halftime lead erased quickly as LaSalle opened the second half on a run and never allowed Siena to get back in the game.  Siena played pretty solid defense and held the much more talented offense of LaSalle to 26% shooting from 3 and 37.5% from the field.  The Saints were led by Rob Poole’s 21, 6 and 4 and Evan Hymes added 11 off the bench for the Saints.  Through three games, the Saints rank 281st in the country in points per game (67.3) and 289th in the country in field goal percentage (39.8).

Some trends to consider - St. Bonaventure is 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 games overall and Siena is 4-1-1 against the spread in their last 6 games overall and 3-7 in non-conference games ATS.

Siena was able to put their best performance of the season together against LaSalle and still found a way to lose.  The Saints struggle to shoot the ball and continue to face issues putting together 40 quality minutes with their depth concerns.  St. Bonaventure should be able to have their way with the Saints on the perimeter and down low and I expect a close contest to morph into a comfortable road win for the Bonnies as they get to 4-0 on the year with the cover at the Times Union Center.

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