Last Updated: 2017-03-06
Metro Atlantic Athletic foes will lock horns when the Siena Saints (11-7) play the Rider Broncs (6-12) at Times Union Center. Action begins at 7:00 pm ET on Thursday, Jan. 21.
The Saints are hoping to rebound after their 85-69 loss to Monmouth on Monday. Nico Clareth was the team’s leading scorer with 15 points. The Broncs, meanwhile, are coming off a 79-75 win against Iona on Sunday. Teddy Okereafor led the team in scoring by registering 23 points on 6-for-16 shooting.
Over the last five games, Javion Ogunyemi has taken his game to another level for the Saints, averaging 17.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks. Okereafor has upped his play for the Broncs. In the same five-game span, he is averaging 22.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.8 steals, and 2.0 three-pointers.
Siena is a nine-point favorite against Rider and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at 135 points.
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The Saints have gone 11-7 Straight Up (SU) and 6-5-1 Against The Spread (ATS). The rebounding edge goes to the Saints in this matchup, who are one of the top rebounding teams in the nation with an average of 40.7 boards per game. Crossing over to the defensive side of the court, opponents have consistently had their shots rejected by the Saints, ranking 25th in the country in blocks per game with 5.4.
In the other locker room, the Broncs have 6-12 SU and 4-10 ATS records. Offensively, the Broncs have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 67.1 points per game by averaging 72.7 during that stretch. One advantage for the Broncs could be Siena’s high fouls per game average of 22.4.
These conference foes will be squaring off for the first time this season. In their most recent meeting a season ago, Siena came out on top, bringing the head-to-head record to an even 5-5 SU over their most recent meetings. On the other hand, Rider holds the advantage ATS with a record of 5-4-1. Siena and Rider each held the advantage in field goals, rebounds, and three-pointers one time over the last five matchups.
Predictions: SU Winner – Siena, ATS Winner – Siena, O/U – Over
Rider is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games on the road.
Rider is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Siena.
Siena is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games when playing Rider.
Siena is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Rider.
Rider is struggling at 2-5 SU in its conference, while Siena sits at 4-3 SU.
On average, Siena has 73.1 possessions per game and scores 1.053 points on each possession. Rider has both fewer possessions (67.5) and scores fewer points during those possessions (.995).
The Siena Saints average an effective field goal percentage of 49.9% this season. The Rider Broncs have a losing record of 3-6 when opponents have an eFG% of 49.9% or greater.
The Siena Saints average 5.4 blocks per game, the 25th-ranked team in the country. The Rider Broncs rank a lowly 211th in blocking with just 3.1 per game.
Siena is one of the best teams in the country when it comes to offensive rebounds, ranking 23rd. Rider ranks just 114th in defensive rebounds.
On average, Rider forces a turnover rate of 17.0%. When Siena turns over the ball at a similar or higher rate, the team has a solid 10-5 record.