Siena Saints vs. Canisius Golden Griffins Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/16/14
Canisius Golden Griffins (17-9) at Siena Saints (11-15)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Times Union Center)
The Line: Siena Saints +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Siena tries to avoid consecutive losses when they welcome Canisius to the Times Union Center Sunday.
The Breakdown: The Saints fell to 7-8 for 6th place in the MAAC after suffering a heartbreaking 65-64 loss to Marist in the final seconds Friday when sophomore F Brett Bisping turned the ball over with three second remaining and Red Foxes F Jay Bowie drained the game-winning three-pointer. Siena shot a dismal 31.7 percent from the floor to Marist’s 31.1 percent, but struggled from outside the arc, connecting on 23.5 percent to the Red Foxes’ 41.2 percent. The Saints also finished with a 47-41 advantage on the boards and converted 20 of 24 from the free throw line. Freshman F Marquis Wright scored a game-high 20 points, freshman F Lavon Long had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Bisping added 11 points and 8 boards. On the season, the Saints are averaging 69.5 ppg on 42.4 percent shooting. Junior G Rob Poole leads the team with 14.6 ppg, followed by Bisping at 10.0 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Canisius improved to 11-4 and remained in second place in the conference after a 71-65 victory over Niagra Friday. The Golden Griffins connected on 25 of 59from the floor and 4 of 20 from downtown to the Purple Eagles’ 26 of 70 from the field and 4 of 18 from beyond the arc. Canisius conceded a 45-38 rebounding edge, but converted 17 of 22 from the free throw line. Senior G Billy Baron scored a game-high 34 points and dished out 5 assists and senior G Chris Perez added 17 points. Through 26 games, the Golden Griffins are averaging 77.4 ppg on 45.6 percent shooting. Baron leads the team with 24.0 ppg, followed by Perez at 11.9 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -3 for Canisius. The Golden Griffins routed Siena 93-78 way back in December behind a barrage of threes, hitting 15 of 26. On the road this time, the spread looks about right. Look for Canisius to cover.