Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Siena Saints - 1/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Siana Saints (6-10) at Niagara Purple Eagles (3-13)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Gallagher Center)
The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles +1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Gallagher Center and the Niagara Purple Eagles host the Siena Saints in Sunday MAAC action.
The Siena Saints have fallen in to some kind of funk and I don't know what it is or if they will shake it off. Needless to say this is not the same team from a year ago but it should be but they can not get stops at the defensive end and on Friday they couldn't score either in an 83-49 defeat at Canisius. As I said this team won't fare well if they get behind and that happened with a 13 point hole getting bigger and bigger. The Golden Griffins held a significant shooting edge 49%-29% and even Siena's 17 offensive rebounds didn't help because they gave the ball away 22 times. Marquis Wright was the only player to score in double figures with 14 points and nine rebounds on 6-11 from the field while Evan Hymes and Javion Ogunyemi dropped eight points apiece with Ogunyemi snaring another six boards.
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The Niagara Purple Eagles have struggled to score and defend for the majority of 2014-15 yet came within an eyelash of beating the best team in the conference. The Purple Eagles dropped their 5th straight game in 80-79 loss to visiting Iona Friday as an eleven point home dog. Somehow this game was close despite Iona leading the shooting battle 47%-39.7% which was because Niagara mustered a few extra looks and sank a few more free throws. The Purple Eagles received 21 points and seven rebounds from Ramone Snowden on 7-14 from the field with Emilie Blackman tossing in 15 points and snaring eight boards. Karonn Davis and Dominique Reid combined for 21 points and 12 boards while the duo of Wesley Myers and James Suber netted eight points apiece.
The Saints are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss. Siena are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Sunday games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The Purple Eagles are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. Niagara are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. I don't know what the line is because it is not out with Siena injuries causing a delay and to be honest it doesn't matter because nether is a bettable team...