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Siena vs. Monmouth - 2/18/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Monmouth Hawks (9-18) at Siena Saints (8-20)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Times Union Center)

The Line: Siena Saints +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3; ESPN College Extra; MySpectrumSports in NY (Website)

The Monmouth Hawks will travel to Times Union Center to take on the Siena Saints this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Monmouth Hawks dropped to 9-18 (5-10 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Canisius Golden Griffins, 78-60, this past Friday. Canisius did a great job forcing Monmouth into committing turnovers and had no trouble securing the victory after a 21-11 run gave the Golden Griffins a 60-41 lead. Monmouth allowed Canisius to shoot 50.0% from the field and committed 21 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Hawks was Deion Hammond who had 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and 3 steals. On the season, Monmouth is averaging 75.1 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Hawks are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 39.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Monmouth has been led by Micah Seaborn (13.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.9 apg), Deion Hammond (12.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg), Austin Tilghman (10.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.2 spg), and Ray Salnave (9.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.3 bpg). Defensively, Monmouth is allowing their opponents to average 76.9 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Hawks have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of -2.6. Micah Seaborn is currently questionable due to a hamstring injury.

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Siena vs. Monmouth - 2/18/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Siena Saints dropped to 8-20 (4-11 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Rider Broncs, 97-71, this past Thursday. Siena had no answers on the defensive end against Rider and couldn’t fight back after the Broncs took a 78-57 lead with just 8:30 left in regulation. Siena allowed Rider to shoot 57.4% from the field and committed 18 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Saints was Jordan Horn who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. On the season, Siena is averaging 67.9 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Saints are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 37.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Siena has been led by Nico Clareth (15.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg), Roman Penn (9.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Prince Oduro (9.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg), and Ahsante Shivers (8.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 apg). Defensively, Siena is allowing their opponents to an average of 75.4 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Saints have a rebound margin of 2.0 and a turnover margin of -4.8. Roman Penn will be unavailable for the contest as he is out for the season due to a heel injury suffered in early February.

The Hawks are 6-13-1 ATS in their last 20 games following a straight up loss and just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Saints are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.

The Monmouth Hawks have lost 5 of their last 7 games and have struggled defensively this season as they rank just 286th in scoring defense, 153rd defensive FG%, and 320th in turnover margin. Siena has lost 4 of their last 5 games and have had their trouble finding ways to score as the Saints currently rank just 303rd in scoring offense, 301st in FG%, and 346th in turnover margin. It’s been a struggle for Siena this season, however, the Saints did pick up a nice home win over Iona this past Monday and as the Hawks are just 3-11 on the raod this season, I think Siena does enough in this one to cover with the points. 

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