Check out our free Niagara vs Siena pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Albany. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Niagara vs Siena Pick & Preview: Sunday, February 5th Betting Odds
Purple Eagles vs Saints Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Niagara Purple Eagles at Siena Saints
- Where: Albany at MVP Arena
- Date: Sunday, February 5th
- Betting Odds: Niagara +7.5, NIAGRA +270 | SIENA -353 O/U 130.0
Purple Eagles Preview:
The Niagara will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 3 game win streak and have an overall record of 12-9. On the road, the Purple Eagles will be playing their 11th game of the season, having gone 4-7. So far, the Purple Eagles have been the underdog 11 times, going 5-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7.5 underdogs on the spread.
Niagara will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Noah Thomasson who is averaging 18.57 points per game for the Purple Eagles. Thomasson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Purple Eagles’ offensive game plan is the play of Aaron Gray who has hit 43.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.05 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Niagara this season, as they are currently ranked 315th in college basketball at 67.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Purple Eagles’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.5%, placing them 214th in the NCAA.
Through 23 games, the Siena Saints have an overall record of 15-8. So far this season, Siena has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-2. The Saints’ are sitting with a betting line that is -7.5 points in their favor. For the season, Siena has been favored to win in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 8-4.
Siena’s leading scorer this season is Jackson Stormo, who is averaging 13.82 points per contest. So far, Stormo has accounted for 18.95% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.5 rebounds per game and 1.27 assists. Javian McCollum is the second leading scorer for the Saints, averaging 15.0 points per game. Between him and McCollum, they are accounting for 36.7% of the team’s scoring.
Coming into today’s game, Siena will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Saints are ranked 350th at 66.3 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 513th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Siena is close to the NCAA average at 35.6%.
Free Spread Prediction: Niagara Purple Eagles +7.5
After running our analysis on this game, we’ve identified the best side to take on the spread. Currently, the oddsmakers have Siena as the favorites with a line coming in at -7.5. However, based on how these team’s matchup, we see this number being too high and like the Niagara Purple Eagles to cover. Both team’s have knocked down the 3-point shot at a rate similar to the NCAA average this season with Siena at 6.76 made 3’s per game compared to Niagara at 6.97. Look for Niagara to put together a strong enough defensive effort to cover the spread vs the Saints.