The Siena Saints and the Milwaukee Panthers meet Tuesday in college basketball action from Ocean Center. Siena enters this matchup at 1-3 overall. The Saints are fresh off a Monday loss to Central Michigan. As for Milwaukee, they’re currently 2-3 and fresh off a loss to Stetson. Check out our Siena vs Wisconsin-Milwaukee Prediction.
The Saints got off to a nice start this year in their opener with a 73-71 victory. Unfortunately however, Siena has hit the skids since then and had major issues scoring. The Saints lost their next pair 90-48 to Richmond and 78-58 to American to drop to 1-2 in the first trio. Siena gave up 52.6 percent shooting versus the Eagles and coughed up 19 turnovers in the defeat.
On Monday versus Central Michigan, Siena got off to a rough first half with a 30-19 deficit. The Saints scored better from there but eventually lost 70-56. Giovanni Emejuru topped the team with 20 points and eight rebounds in the losing effort. Mason Courtney added 13 points and five boards as well.
Over on the Milwaukee side, they also got off to a solid start with a 91-73 blowout win over Wisconsin-Stout in their opener. The Panthers would lose the next two games 79-69 to Providence and 106-79 versus Colorado before an 85-56 blowout win over Luther. Milwaukee shot 40 percent from the field in that one with 42 rebounds and just three turnovers.
Matched up against Stetson on Monday, the Panthers trailed by 13 points going into the second half and didn’t end up getting any closer in an 85-67 loss. BJ Freeman was the leading scorer on the team with 20 points and five rebounds. Erik Pratt added 10 points and one rebound off the bench.
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I’m likely going to stick with Milwaukee. Probably not touching this one, though; both teams are struggling in the early-going this season. The Panthers didn’t shoot great against Stetson in their Monday loss with 35.7 percent from the field alongside a 41-34 rebounding deficit. Milwaukee gave up 55 percent shooting to the Hatters as well, along with 41.7 percent (10-of-24) from outside.
As for Siena, they shot pretty well themselves with 46 percent from the field against Central Michigan in their last game. The Saints coughed up a whopping 21 turnovers though, and were hamstrung by that slow first half. This matchup should be much more competitive, and you could make a case either way cover-wise.