Siena vs. Niagara MAAC Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Thursday, March 9, 2023
The No. 4 seed Siena Saints (17-14, 11-9 MAAC) and the No. 5 seed Niagara Purple Eagles (15-14, 10-10 MAAC) play in the MAAC Tournament Thursday at Boardwalk Hall, tipping off at 9:30 PM on ESPN+. Siena is favored by 3.5 points. Both teams are looking to take another step toward a conference title and an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The matchup has an over/under of 125.5.
Siena vs. Niagara Odds
- Siena odds to win: -167
- Niagara odds to win: +143
- Spread: Siena (-3.5)
- Total: 125.5
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
- Time: 9:30 PM ET
- TV: ESPN+
- Where: Atlantic City, New Jersey
- Venue: Boardwalk Hall
Who Will Win Siena vs. Niagara?
Siena and Niagara Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
Siena is 6-9 against the spread when favored by 3.5 points or more this season.
Niagara has a 6-3 record against the spread when an underdog by 3.5 points or more this season.
The Saints and the Purple Eagles combine to average 8.2 more points per game than the over/under of 125.5 set for this game.
Siena and Niagara have seen its opponents average a combined 7.4 more points per game than the over/under of 125.5 set for this outing.
The average total Siena has had set in matchups this season is 10.3 more points than this outing’s point total.
The average total for Purple Eagles games this year is 5.3 more points than the point total of 125.5 for this outing.
The Saints are 15-14-2 ATS this season.
The Purple Eagles have gone 14-15-0 ATS this season.
Siena Stats & Insights
Siena’s +50 scoring differential (outscoring opponents by 1.6 points per game) is a result of scoring 68.7 points per game (258th in college basketball) while giving up 67.1 per contest (92nd in college basketball).
Siena prevails in the rebound battle by an average of 2.5 boards. It is grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game (187th in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 29.1 per contest.
The Saints make 6.6 three-pointers per game (268th in college basketball) at a 35.0% rate (134th in college basketball), compared to the 5.1 per game their opponents make at a 33.3% rate.
Siena’s 91.9 points per 100 possessions on offense rank 227th in college basketball, and the 89.7 points it allows per 100 possessions rank 124th in college basketball.
Offensively, the Saints have performed better in home games this year, averaging 69.8 points per game, compared to 68.1 per game away from home.
Niagara Stats & Insights
Niagara has a -22 scoring differential, putting up 65.0 points per game (332nd in college basketball) and allowing 65.8 (60th in college basketball).
Niagara records 28.8 rebounds per game (323rd in college basketball), compared to the 28.8 of its opponents.
Niagara makes 6.3 three-pointers per game (290th in college basketball) at a 34.3% rate (177th in college basketball), compared to the 5.8 its opponents make, shooting 36.0% from deep.
Niagara ranks 214th in college basketball averaging 92.4 points per 100 possessions on offense, and defensively is 239th, allowing 93.5 points per 100 possessions.
At home, the Purple Eagles average 69.7 points per game. On the road, they average 60.1.
Siena Key Players to Watch
Javian McCollum leads the Saints in points and assists per game, scoring 15.6 points and distributing 3.7 assists.
Jared Billups leads Siena in rebounding, grabbing 6.7 rebounds per game while also scoring 8.0 points a contest.
Andrew Platek makes more threes per game than any other member of the Saints, knocking down shots from beyond the arc at a clip of 2.2 per contest.
The Siena steals leader is Billups, who averages 1.1 takeaways per game, while its blocks leader is Jackson Stormo, who compiles 1.2 rejections per contest.
Niagara Key Players to Watch
Noah Thomasson’s points (19.7 per game) and assists (3.4 per game) stat lines give him the top scoring and assists spots on the Purple Eagles’ leaderboards.
Sam Iorio is at the top of the Niagara rebounding leaderboard with 5.5 rebounds per game. He also scores 8.2 points and tacks on 1.3 assists per game.
Thomasson is the top scorer from deep for the Purple Eagles, hitting 1.7 threes per game.
Braxton Bayless (0.9 steals per game) is the steal leader for Niagara while Iorio (0.5 blocks per game) is the block leader.
Siena vs. Niagara Prediction
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Siena 69, Niagara 65
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