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Canisius Golden Griffins vs. Siena Saints - 3/8/14 MAAC Tournament Quarterfinal

Siena Saints (15-16) at Canisius Golden Griffins (20-11)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:30 pm (MassMutual Center)

The Line: Canisius Golden Griffins -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Siena Saints and Canisius Golden Griffins will play Saturday in a quarterfinal MAAC tournament matchup. These teams have played twice already this season, and the Golden Griffins won both meetings.

The Saints enter this matchup on a four-game winning streak, a big reason why they were able to get a bye in the first round. On the season, they average 70.1 points on 41.9 percent shooting and allow 71.6 points on 41.9 percent shooting. They’re one of the best rebounding teams in the country at 38.2 boards per game, but they average 14 turnovers. On the road, they score 69.2 points and give up 73.4 points. They are 16-13 ATS overall this season.

Canisius Golden Griffins vs. Siena Saints - 3/8/14 MAAC Tournament Quarterfinal

The Golden Griffins are a high scoring machine that hopes to blow teams out of the water. They average 78.3 points on 45.7 percent shooting, and have one of the conference’s best players in Billy Baron. He averages 24.4 points per game. Defensively, the Golden Griffins allow 74.5 points on 44.5 percent shooting. This team is truly all offense and has only lost five games when scoring at least 70 points. On the road, they average 73.4 points and allow 72.8 points. They are 18-9 ATS overall.

The Saints have covered their last four games, while the Golden Griffins have covered five of their last six. The favorite is 19-7-1 ATS in the last 27 meetings between these two teams.

And that’s the direction I’m going to go, as the Golden Griffins simply have too much offensive firepower not to win and cover in this matchup. In the last meeting, the Golden Griffins shot 49.2 percent from the field and knocked down 15 threes. When this team gets hot, they get about as hot as any team in the country.

Give me the Golden Griffins and the chalk. 

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