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#845 Siena College -3 vs.
#846 Niagara 145
Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 1:00pm EST
Written by Blake V.

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Niagara will look to build on a two-game winning streak when it hosts Siena on Sunday afternoon. Siena is 7-8 on the season and is coming off a Friday night road loss at Canisius. Niagara is 5-11, but picked up its second win in a row with a victory against Rider on Friday.

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Saints led by dynamic sophomore

Siena has now lost three of its last four games after falling to Canisius on Friday night. The Saints have also dropped road games to Rider and Manhattan in the last two weeks. Their lone win in that stretch was a 61-58 triumph against St. Peter’s at home. On the season, Siena is 7-0 at home and 0-8 on the road. However, the Saints have won 10 of their last 12 games against Niagara. They trailed by 10 points at halftime against Canisius on Friday night and could not recover in the second half.

The Saints are led by sophomore guard Jalen Pickett, who is scoring 15.9 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 4.2 assists per game. Pickett leads the team in made 3-pointers, knocking down 30 of 81 from beyond the arc. Senior forward Elijah Burns is scoring 14.3 points per game and is grabbing 6.1 rebounds per contest. He has been the most efficient outside shooter for Siena, making 7 of 13 from deep. Sophomore guard Donald Carey is adding 13.2 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game. Junior wing Manny Camper is averaging a double-double, scoring 12.7 points per game to go along with a team-high 11.3 rebounds per outing.

Niagara looking for consistency

Niagara got off to a bad start this season, losing each of its first five games. The Purple Eagles responded with a pair of wins against Norfolk State and Colgate. Then they fell back into a losing skid, dropping six of their next seven contests. Niagara seems to be back on an upswing now, though, winning each of its last two games. The Purple Eagles picked up a 70-69 win against Iona last Sunday and followed it up with a 70-68 victory against Rider on Friday night. They trailed by four points at halftime but were clutch down the stretch.

The Purple Eagles are led by sophomore guard Marcus Hammond, who is scoring 13.2 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 3.3 assists per game. He has been the best outside shooter on the team, making 33 of 82 attempts for a 40.2 percent clip. Senior guard James Towns has only started four games this season, but he is scoring 12.4 points per game. Sophomore guard Raheem Solomon is scoring 11.5 points per game and is grabbing 3.5 rebounds per contest. He is also an excellent 3-point shooter, connecting on 27 of 67 for a 40.3 percent rate. Greg Kuakumensah is the team’s leading rebounder, pulling down 4.4 boards per outing.

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I am rolling with Niagara to pick up the win at home in this game. The Purple Eagles are playing much better right now than Siena. They have covered the spread in four of their last six games and are on a two-game winning streak. Siena has failed to cover in each of its last seven contests, which makes them a difficult team to pick. The Owls are also 0-6 ATS in their last six road games and they have yet to win a game away from home this season. Niagara has a winning record at home, so all signs are pointing to the Purple Eagles in Sunday afternoon’s bout.

Prediction: Niagara +3

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Niagara tends to play to the under. The Purple Eagles always look to slow the ball down and play in the half court. They come into Sunday’s game at No. 249 in KenPom’s adjusted tempo ratings. Due to their slow pace of play, five of Niagara’s last six games have gone under the total. These teams also tend to play low-scoring games in their head-to-head battles, with six of the last 10 meetings between the two sides going under the number. Even further back, nine of the last 13 head-to-head games have gone under the total. I am looking for this one to follow suit.

Prediction: Under 143.5
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Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.