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Siena vs. Niagara - 1/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Niagara Purple Eagles (7-8) at Siena Saints (4-11)

College Basketball: Friday, January 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Times Union Center)

The Line: Siena Saints 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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MAAC college basketball begins to heat up with the Niagara Purple Eagles visiting the Siena Saints.

The Niagara Purple Eagles had looked improved heading in to their MAAC schedule but the team has gone 0-2 following a 99-76 defeat to the visiting Rider Broncs as a one point home dog on Sunday. Niagara could not get a stop in the Broncs 57-42 second half run where the team was outshot 52%-35.5%. 

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Siena vs. Niagara - 1/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Purple Eagles received 21 points and seven boards from Marvin Prochet on 7-11 from the floor followed by James Towns with 14 points and five assists on 2-6 shooting an a 9-9 effort at the stripe. Kahlil Dukes gave Niagara 13 points on 4-13 from the field while Kevin Larkin and Greg King netted eight points each with King hauling in nine rebounds.

The Siena Saints are just 4-11 but have lost several close contests so the team might be better then their record says. Siena has kicked off conference play with consecutive defeats after a 71-70 loss to the visiting Quinnipiac Bobcats as a 3.5 point favorite on Monday. The Saints held a 53.1%-40.4% shooting edge with Quinnipiac sinking 14 more free throws to steal a game.

Siena leaned on Evan Fisher at the offensive end and he totaled 21 points, five boards and two steals on 7-11 from the floor including a 4-6 mark on threes while Roman Penn added 19 points, five pulls and six steals  on 7-10  accuracy followed by a 14 point effort from Khalil Richard on 5-9 shooting. 

Over is 10-1 in Niagara last 11 overall. Siena are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 Friday games and under is 19-7 in Siena last 26 Friday games and Siena are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 home games. Under is 10-2 in the last 12 meetings in Siena. 

An argument could be made for either team with inconsistency being rampant so I’ll sit this one out…

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