|Siena||O Anosike 13.2||O Anosike 11.9||E Hymes 3.2|
|Niagara||A Mason 18.4||A Tanksley 6.0||J Green 4.5|
Siena heads to Gallagher Center on Thursday to take on Niagara. It takes place at 7:00 EST and you can catch it on TWCSN. The Saints are 5-4 against the Purple Eagles over the last four years. They lost 58-54 the last time they played (2/9/2012).
Siena is currently in 7th place in the MAAC and Niagara is in 1st place.
The Saints got past St. Peter's 66-53 on January 13th with the help of 20 points and 7 rebounds from O.D Anosike. An integral part of the team, he leads the way in points (13.2), rebounds (11.9), and blocks (0.8). For the Purple Eagles, Antoine Mason put up 17 points in the 67-64 win over Fairfield on January 13th. He leads the team with 18.4 points per game.
Analyzing the differences between the teams, Niagara has an edge in one important area, scoring, where the Purple Eagles have the upper hand over the Saints, 74 points per game to 58 points per game. One category in which Niagara is especially proficient is turnover percentage at 16.8, ranking 1st in their conference (and 22nd nationally).
- The Siena blocks leader (O.D Anosike) has more blocks than the Niagara blocks leader (Joe Thomas).
- We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Siena has come back to win after being down at half against Niagara 5 times since 1997.
- At least you keep showing up. Siena has an average margin of victory of 12 over Niagara in 39 wins since 1980.
- Siena has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (0.590 to 0.499).
- Siena does a better job contesting shots (41.6% allowed vs 47.1% allowed) than Niagara this season.
- The Siena three-point leader (Rob Poole) has more three-pointers than the Niagara three-point leader (Marvin Jordan).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Siena currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (965 to 961) than Niagara, per the NCAA.
- Rob Poole is ranked 5th in the MAAC in three-pointers.
- Siena has a better scoring defense (66.2 allowed per game vs 76.3 allowed per game) than Niagara this season.
- AP voters think more highly of Siena and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Niagara (8 vs 1).