Siena Saints vs. Penn State Nittany Lions - 3/24/14 CBI Quarterfinal
Penn State Nittany Lions (16-17) at Siena Saints (16-17)
College Basketball: Monday, March 24, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Times Union Center)
The Line: Siena Saints -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Siena Saints will play Monday in a CBI quarterfinal matchup.
The Nittany Lions won their first tournament contest with a 69-65 win over Hampton. Guard D.J. Newbill led the way with 19 points in the victory. On the season, Penn State averages 71.4 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allows 70.7 points on 41.4 percent shooting. However, scoring hasn’t come that easy for the Penn State lately, as the Nittany Lions have scored 69 or less points in seven straight games. Penn State shoots 74.7 percent from the free throw line and 31.8 percent from beyond the arc. Newbill leads the Nittany Lions with 17.8 points on 45.9 percent shooting. The Penn State Nittany Lions are 14-15-1 ATS overall this season.
Siena’s first tournament win was a 66-55 victory over Stony Brook. The Saints held the Seawolves to 36.4 percent shooting, while Rob Poole led the team with 19 points. On the season, Siena averages 69.8 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allows 71.1 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Siena has held three of its last five opponents to 60 or less points due to the Saints slow style of play. Offensively, Siena shoots 71.6 percent from the free throw line and 32.5 percent from beyond the arc. Poole leads the Saints with 14.8 points on 42 percent shooting. The Siena Saints are 17-14 ATS overall this season.
The Nittany Lions are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games overall. The Saints are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
The spread on this game is a little interesting, as I think Penn State is the better team. The Nittany Lions have faced better competition than the Saints, and do a better job of not beating themselves late in games.
I think Penn State wins SU, but I’ll gladly take the points just to be safe.