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Siena vs. Quinnipiac - 1/1/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Quinnipiac Bobcats (4-9) at Siena Saints (4-10)

College Basketball: Monday, January 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Times Union Center)

The Line: Siena Saints -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

We have some MAAC-tion on tap New Year’s day, as the Quinnipiac Bobcats take on the Siena Saints in a college basketball matchup.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats will look to build some momentum after winning their conference opener, snapping a 3 game losing streak with a 78-76 win over Monmouth. Cameron Young led the team with 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 3 threes, 3 steams and a team-high 8 rebounds. Jacob Rigoni came 2nd with 18 points, shooting 6 of 7 from behind the arc while Abdulai Bundu and Andrew Robinson each added 11 points to finish off the double digit scoring for Quinnipiac in the win. Bundu added 8 rebounds of his own, while Robinson shot 4 of 9 with 3 threes in the winning effort. Rich Kelly added 6 points and a team-high 11 assists as well. Young leads the team with an average of 16.2 points and 6 rebounds per game, while Kelly is the team’s top assist man with 6.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Quinnipiac is scoring 71.5 points per game on 42% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the arc and 69.6% from the foul line this season.

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Siena vs. Quinnipiac - 1/1/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Siena Saints will look for some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games, including a 63-58 loss to Marist in their conference opener last time out. Ahsante Shivers led the team with 12 points and 12 rebounds for the double-double, while Roman Penn added 11 points and a team-high 4 assists as the lone pair of double-digit scorers for the Saints in the loss. Jordan Horn and Kadeem Smithen each shot 1 of 5 while logging a pair of steals, while Smithen added 10 boards. Nico Clareth shot just 2 of 16 from the field, but still leads the team in scoring with an average of 16.1 points per game, while Evan Fisher leads the team with 5 rebounds per game and Roman Penn is the team’s top assist man with 2.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Siena is scoring 69.9 points per game on 42% shooting from the field, 36.1% from behind the arc and 68.5% from the foul line this season.

Quinnipiac is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 conference matchups while the under is 19-7 in their last 26 games following a win. Siena is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference matchups while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games overall. The favorite is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

A lot of the trends point to taking Siena here, however I personally don’t feel comfortable laying points with Siena after how they looked in their first game. Sure, Clareth probably won’t for 2 for 16 again and the Saints will be at home which should help, but I still think Quinnipiac is the better team between the two, and I think this will be a close game throughout, so I’ll take the points here.

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