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Marist vs. Siena - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Siena Saints (4-9) at Marist Red Foxes (2-10)

College Basketball: Friday, December 29, 2017 at 7:00 pm (McCann Field House)

The Line: Marist Red Foxes +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Siena Saints will travel to McCann Arena to take on the Marist Red Foxes tis Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Siena Saints improved to 4-9 on the season after defeating the Holy Cross Crusaders, 71-65, this past Friday. Siena led by a 40-33 margin at halftime and pulled away after a 10-1 Saints run gave Siena a 62-50 lead with 8:47 left in regulation. Siena shoot 40.8% from the field and outrebounded Holy Cross by a 36-28 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Saints was Nico Clareth who had 29 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, Siena is averaging 70.8 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Saints are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 37.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Siena has been led by Nico Clareth (16.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.8 apg), Ahsante Shivers (9.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Roman Penn (9.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.2 spg), and Prince Oduro (8.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.1 apg). Defensively, Siena is allowing their opponents to average 79.2 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Saints have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of -4.7.

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Marist vs. Siena - 12/29/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Marist Red Foxes lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 2-10 on the season after being defeated by the Brown Bears, 90-69, this past Friday. Marist struggled on the defensive end throughout the game and couldn’t fight back after trailing by a 46-31 margin at halftime. Marist allowed Brown to shoot 49.3% from the field and 46.4% (13-28) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Red Foxes was Isaiah Lamb who had 28 points and a rebound. On the season, Marist is averaging 72.2 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Red Foxes are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Marist has been led by Brian Parker (17.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.5 apg), Isaiah Lamb (10.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg), David Knudsen (10.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg), and Aleksandar Dozic (7.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.1 apg). Defensively, Marist is allowing their opponents to average 83.8 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Red Foxes have a rebound margin of -3.8 and a turnover margin of -5.8.

The Saints are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Red Foxes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. MAAC opponents however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Siena might only have 4 wins on the season, however, they’ve won 2 of their last 3 games and was competitive in a 4-point loss on the road at Memphis. Siena ranks just T-267th in scoring offense and 302nd in scoring defense, however, have shot the three-pointer well this season ranking 82nd in 3P-FG%. Marist has really struggled in all aspects of the game this season and currently rank 235th in scoring offense, 336th in scoring defense, 301st in rebound margin, and 344th in turnover margin. Siena has been great ATS this season despite the poor overall record and as the Saints have the best player on the court in Nico Clareth, I’m taking Siena to cover this small road spread. 

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