Saint Joseph's Hawks vs. Siena Saints Pick-Odds-Prediction - 11/29/13
Siena Saints (2-5) at Saint Joseph's Hawks (2-2)
College Basketball: Friday, November 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm (Hagan Arena)
The Line: Saint Joseph's Hawks -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The Siena Saints take on the St Joseph's Hawks in a consolation match up at the Old Spice Classic.
Siena is tough to peg at times but their 2-5 record says their is room for improvement throughout. Running in to Memphis didn't help the situation especially with the Tigers seeming to be trying to prove a point which was clear in an 87-60 decision. The Saints could not run and gun with the Tigers and that was also clear with the Saints staring at a 48-31 deficit after 20 minutes. Siena struggled defensively with over 52% shooting allowed which they countered with 33% which was compounded with 19 giveways. Brett Bisping let the offense with eleven points and ten rebounds followed Evan Hymes with ten points and five helpers while four players contributed between 7-9 points.
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St Joseph's looked pretty good when they began the season with victories over Vermont and Marist and a narrow four point defeat to Creighton. However there was nothing that could be described as good in an 82-65 loss to LSU to open the Old Spice Classic. The Tigers jumped to a 46-30 lead heading in the locker room and never let the Hawks a chance thereafter. St Joes gave up 52.6% shooting and countered with nearly 45% but a 3-16 effort from beyond the arc couldn't compare with the Tigers 10-22 mark. The Hawks also left points on the floor by going 12-26 at the line. Ronald Roberts was the good news for the offens with a game high 21 points and seven yanks on 9-13 shooting with Halil Kanacevic adding eleven points.
As a fan of Philadelphia basketball I would hope the Hawks rebound here but with no line I don't know what they'll need to cover because anything big would worry me...