Marist Red Foxes (11-13) vs. Siena Saints (12-9)
February 18, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Siena Saints 0 / Marist Red Foxes 0; Over/Under: 133
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The Marist Red Foxes will travel to MVP Arena to take on the Siena Saints this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Marist Red Foxes won their 3rd straight game and improved to 11-13 on the season after defeating the Niagara Purple Eagles, 77-70, this past Monday. Marist was outstanding on the offensive end against Niagara and was able to hold off Niagara for the victory after taking a 54-36 lead with 9:19 left in regulation. Marist shot 49.1% from the field & 42.9% from beyond the arc while allowing Niagara to shoot 41.8% from the field & 34.8% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Red Foxes was Jao Ituka who had 20 points, 2 rebounds, & 4 assists.
On the season, Marist is averaging 70.4 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Red Foxes are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Marist has been led by Jao Ituka (15.4 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.6 apg), Ricardo Wright (14.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.7 apg), Samkelo Cele (9.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg), & Jordan Jones (7.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.2 bpg).
Defensively, Marist is allowing their opponents to average 68.0 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Red Foxes have a rebound margin of -0.1 and a turnover margin of -0.8.
The Siena Saints won their 3rd straight game and improved to 12-9 on the season after defeating the Rider Broncs, 76-75 (OT), this past Sunday. Siena was able to force OT on a pair of Jared Billups FT’s with :11 seconds left in regulation and was able to pick up the victory after Anthony Gaines hit a pair of game-winning FT’s with just :06 seconds left in OT. Siena shot 39.1% from the field & 31.0% from beyond the arc while allowing Rider to shoot 46.9% from the field & 45.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Saints was Anthony Gaines who had a double-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, & 2 steals.
On the season, Siena is averaging 66.2 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Saints are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Siena has been led by Coly Rogers (14.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.5 apg), Anthony Gaines (11.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Jackson Stormo (10.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.3 bpg), & Nick Hopkins (8.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.7 spg).
Defensively, Siena is allowing their opponents to an average of 69.3 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Saints have a rebound margin of -2.0 and a turnover margin of -1.1.
The Red Foxes are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games, however, are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Saints are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games & 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Marist has been playing some of their best basketball of the season as of late, which includes an impressive 25-point victory at Monmouth just over a week ago. Marist has been led by a defense that ranks t-145th in scoring defense & 97th in defensive FG% and as I think they will have no issue keeping a Saints team that ranks 292nd in scoring offense off the scoreboard, I think the play here is to take the Red Foxes to win this pick-em. Good Luck!