Siena vs Niagara Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Thursday, March 9, 2023

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The No. 4 seed Siena Saints (17-14, 11-9 MAAC) and the No. 5 seed Niagara Purple Eagles (15-14, 10-10 MAAC) square off in the MAAC Tournament Thursday at Boardwalk Hall. Gametime is at 9:30 PM.

The Saints are currently modest 3.5-point favorites over the Purple Eagles. A 125.5-point over/under is set for the game.

Siena vs. Niagara Odds

Point Spread for Siena vs. Niagara

The spread for this matchup is set at 3.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Siena as the favorite.

Siena vs. Niagara Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Siena has -167 odds to pick up the win, while Niagara is listed at +143 to claim victory.


Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 125.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Thursday, March 9, 2023
  • Game Time: 9:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Arena: Boardwalk Hall

Siena vs. Niagara Betting Trends

Siena has 15 wins against the spread in 31 games this year. The Saints have been victorious in 10, or 55.6%, of the 18 contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Siena’s games this year have hit the over 18 times in 29 opportunities (62.1%).

Niagara is 14-15-0 against the spread this year. The Purple Eagles have won seven of the 16 games they were listed as the moneyline underdog this season (43.8%). Niagara’s games this season have hit the over on 15 of 29 set point totals (51.7%).

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Siena vs. Niagara Key Players to Watch


Jackson Stormo posts 12.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per contest, shooting 51.2% from the floor. Jared Billups posts a team-best 6.7 rebounds per contest. In addition, he’s posting 8 points and 1.7 assists, shooting 33.2% from the floor. Andrew Platek puts up 10.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game, shooting 45.9% from the field and 43.9% from downtown with 2.2 made 3-pointers per contest.


Aaron Gray gets the Purple Eagles 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1 assists per contest. He also puts up 0.6 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. Sam Iorio is No. 1 on the Purple Eagles in rebounding (5.5 per game), and posts 8.2 points and 1.3 assists. He also puts up 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocked shots. The Purple Eagles receive 5.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game from Braxton Bayless.

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What you need to know about the Siena Saints

Siena has covered nine times in 20 games with a spread in conference action this season. The Saints are 258th in the country with 68.7 points per game so far this year. At the other end of the court, they rank 92nd with 67.1 points allowed per game. Siena is pulling down 31.6 rebounds per game (187th-ranked in college basketball). It is allowing 29.1 rebounds per contest (62nd-ranked).

Siena is sinking 6.6 treys per game (268th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while sporting a 35% three-point percentage (134th-ranked). The Saints are top-25 this year in three-pointers allowed, currently sixth-best in college basketball with 5.1 treys allowed per game. Meanwhile, they rank 147th with a 33.3% shooting percentage allowed from beyond the arc.

The Saints have two wins against the spread, and are 3-7 overall, over their last 10 games. Siena has gone over the total in six of its last 10 outings. Siena has seen a downturn in scoring lately, putting up 66.2 points per game in its last 10 outings, 2.5 points fewer than the 68.7 it has scored this season. Siena has been slightly suspect on the defensive end of the floor of late, giving up 68 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 67.1 it has conceded this year.

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What you need to know about the Niagara Purple Eagles

A total of 11 Niagara conference games this year have gone over the point total. At 65 points scored per game and 65.8 points allowed, the Purple Eagles are 332nd in the nation on offense and 60th defensively. At 28.8 rebounds per game and 28.8 rebounds conceded, Niagara is 323rd and 53rd in the country, respectively.

Beyond the arc, Niagara is 290th in college basketball in 3-pointers made per game (6.3). It is 176th in 3-point percentage at 34.3%. In 2022-23 the Purple Eagles are 25th-best in college basketball in 3-pointers allowed (5.8 per game) and 309th in defensive 3-point percentage (36%).

The Purple Eagles have a 4-6 record against the spread while finishing 5-5 overall over their last 10 games. Niagara has hit the over in seven of its last 10 games. Niagara is posting 66.1 points per game over its last 10 games, compared to its season average of 65. In their past 10 games, the Purple Eagles are ceding 68 points per game, 2.2 more points than their season average (65.8).

Siena vs. Niagara Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this matchup is Siena, and we predict that Siena will cover the spread (Siena -3.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 125.5 points.

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How to bet Siena vs. Niagara

You can bet on Siena vs. Niagara at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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