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The (8-23) and Ten Seed Siena Saints of the Metro Atlantic Conference are the host team again for the conference tournament. Siena play’s the (10-20) and Number Seven Quinnipiac Bobcats also of the MAAC.
Tip-off is 7:00 PM EST. The game is on Thursday, March 1, 2018. The teams will play at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.
The espn3.com network will broadcast the game. The Siena Basketball program has fallen on hard times after previously dominating seven years ago. The Saints miss leading scorer Nico Clareth is no longer with the team due to suspension.
Quinnipiac misses the 2016-17 Conference Freshman of the year Peter Kiss who transferred to Rutgers.
The opening betting line list Siena as a one points favorites against the spread on their home court. The betting odds total is not available for Thursday’s game.
The Siena Saints have had their share of problems on and off the court this season; it shows with their record.
Head Coach Jimmy Patsos is in his fifth season on the bench at Siena, and it could be his last. The Saints have lost eight of their last ten including four in a row.
Siena has not been very efficient covering the Las Vegas number, going 3-6-1 ATS their last ten games.
Freshman Guard Roman Penn is the future of the program but scores just nine points per game. Forward Prince Oduro is another freshman contributor at the forward positions.
The duo has done some growing up this season, but it should pay dividends in the futures. Siena will have the home crowd rooting for them to advance, but they may not have enough fire-power to advance.
It’s been an emotionally draining season for the Saints who used to dominate the MAAC.
Bovada.Lv has the Siena Saints at 200 to 1 to win the 2018 NCAA Basketball Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament Crown.
The 2018 Quinnipiac Bobcats have lost three n a row including their regular season overtime road finale at the hands of Manhattan.
Quinnipiac could be tired after the long game Sunday. However, they understand this is the Conference Tournament as want a chance to play Canisius with a victory in the first round.
The Bobcats are 2-0 this season against Siena, and it’s tough to win three in a row in one season over the same opponent.
Quinnipiac scores an average of seventy-one points per game while allowing the opposition 77.2 ppg.
Senior Guard Cameron Young is the team’s leading scorer; he must take control of the game early if the Bobcats are to pull out the win. Forward Chaise Daniels must also contribute at both ends of the court.
Siena will try to impose their will with a slow pace contest, the Bobcats must counter by pushing the ball at every chance.
Bovada.Lv lists the 2018 Quinnipiac Bobcats at 50 to 1 to win the MAAC Basketball Tournament Title.
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