Check out our free Siena vs Niagara pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Niagara Falls. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Siena vs Niagara Pick & Preview: Friday, January 13th Betting Odds
Saints vs Purple Eagles Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Siena Saints at Niagara Purple Eagles
- Where: Niagara Falls at Gallagher Center
- Date: Friday, January 13th
- Betting Odds: Siena -2, SIENA -136 | NIAGRA +111 O/U 129.5
Siena heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-5. So far, the Saints have played 10 games on the road, with a record of 6-4. This season, Siena has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 5-1. For today’s contest, Siena has a betting line set -2 points in their favor.
Important to the outcome of the game, is if Javian McCollum will be able to suit up for the Saints’. Heading into play, McCollum leads the team at 16.0 points per game. So far, he has an effective field goal percentage of 54.2% while also adding 2.0 rebounds. Even if Javian McCollum ends up playing, Siena will be counting on Jackson Stormo to continue his solid play for the team. Currently, Stormo is the Saints’ second leading scorer at 14.27 points per game. So far, he has hit 57.9% of his field goal attempts.
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%.
Purple Eagles Preview:
Niagara heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 9-6. Currently, the Purple Eagles have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 6-0. So far, the Purple Eagles have been the underdog 8 times, going 4-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2 underdogs on the spread.
Niagara will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Noah Thomasson who is averaging 18.2 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 41.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.67 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.
Free Spread Prediction: Siena Saints -2
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Siena Saints to pick up the win and cover the spread as -2 point betting favorites. Although Siena as a team is just 316th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Purple Eagles’ defense. In addition, the Saints have made bettors money who have taken them to cover on the road, as they are 6-4 (last 10). At -2 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Saints to come out on top and cover.