Harvard Crimson (4-3) at Siena Saints (2-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 1, 2018, 3:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Siena Saints +8.5 -- Over/Under: 135
The Harvard Crimson will travel to the Times Union Center to take on the Siena Saints this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Harvard Crimson won their 2nd straight game and improved to 4-3 on the season after defeating the Holy Cross Crusaders, 73-62, this past Wednesday night. Harvard was solid on the offensive end agianst the Crusaders and pulled away for good after a 6-0 Crimson run gave Harvard a 64-45 lead with 8:30 left in regulation. Harvard shot 52.8% from the field, 45.0% from beyond the arc, and outrebound Holy Cross by a 40-21 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Crimson was Noah Krikwood who had 20 poitns, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.
On the season, Harvard is averaging 71.6 ppg on 49.3% shooting from the field. The Crimson are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Harvard has been led Chris Lewis (15.8 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg, 2.4 bpg), Danilo Djuricic (10.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.3 apg), Justin Bassey (10.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.4 spg), and Noah Kirkwood (9.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.3 apg).
Defensively, Harvard is holding their opponents to an average of 69.3 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Crimson have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of -3.1.
The Siena Saints lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 2-5 on the season after being defeated by the Hofstra Pride, 94-86, this past Wednesday. Siena has no answers on the defensive end against the Pride and couldn’t fight back after Hofstra took a 79-59 lead with 7:15 left in regulation. Siena allowed Hofstra to shoot 54.4% from the field and 46.7% from beyond the are while also only forcing the Pride into committing 8 turnovers. Leading the way for the Saints was Jalen Pickett who had a double-double with 27 points, 13 assists, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals.
On the season, Siena is averaging 68.0 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Saints are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 32.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Siena has been led by Jalen Pickett (17.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 7.0 apg, 2.4 spg), Evan Fisher (15.1 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.9 apg), Sloan Seymour (10.1 ppg), and Kevin Degnan (8.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg).
Defensively, Siena is allowing their opponents to average 73.0 ppg on 49.7% shooting from the field. The Saints have a rebound margin of -2.4 and is averaging 5.7 steals per game.
The Crimson are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 19-6-2 ATS in their last 27 Saturday games. The Saints are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game, however, are just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Harvard is probably the team to beat in the Ivy League this season however, the Crimson are a bit banged up as they are missing arguably best player in Seth Towns who has yet to see the court this season due to a knee injury and might be once against without their leading scorer in Chris Lewis who has missed his last two games and is currently questionable. Siena isn’t a great team, however, they do have some solid players in Pickett & Fisher and although their defense can give up points, I think the Saints can do enough at home to cover with the points.