Niagara vs. Siena: Full Game Preview

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Niagara vs. Siena: Full Game Preview
Niagara
(11-8, 3-7 away)
Siena
(4-15, 3-6 home)
Venue: Times Union Center
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, January 25, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Niagara A Mason 18.4 A Tanksley 5.7 J Green 4.6
Siena O Anosike 13.0 O Anosike 11.6 E Hymes 3.6

Siena welcomes Niagara to Times Union Center on Friday. Tip-off is at 7:00 EST and you can see it on TWCSN. The Saints lost to the Purple Eagles 87-64 on January 17th and are 5-5 against them over the last four years.

Siena is currently in 7th place in the MAAC and Niagara is in 1st place.

In their last outing, despite 11 points from Rich Audu, the Saints fell to Canisius 76-44 on January 19th. He contributes 0.8 rebounds per game in addition to his 3.1 points per game. In a 64-60 victory over Manhattan on January 19th, Antoine Mason put up 15 points for the Purple Eagles. His 18.4 points per game is the highest mark on the team.

Reviewing current performance metrics, Niagara has an edge in one significant category, scoring, where the Purple Eagles have the upper hand over the Saints, 74 points per game to 57 points per game. Niagara will hope to exploit their strength in turnover percentage in this matchup. Their mark of 17.3 in this area ranks 2nd in the conference and 29th in the country.

Niagara StatSmack

  • It must sting. Siena has blown out Niagara by 20 points or more on 4 occasions since 1997.
  • The Siena three-point leader (Rob Poole) has more three-pointers than the Niagara three-point leader (Marvin Jordan).
  • Evan Hymes is ranked 7th in the MAAC in three-pointers and 10th in the MAAC in assists.
  • O.D Anosike is ranked 2nd nationally in rebounds and 6th in the MAAC in blocks.
  • The Siena blocks leader (O.D Anosike) has more blocks than the Niagara blocks leader (Joe Thomas).
  • Rob Poole is ranked 5th in the MAAC in three-pointers.
  • The Siena rebounding leader (O.D Anosike) has more rebounds than the Niagara rebounding leader (Ameen Tanksley).
  • Siena has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (0.590 to 0.499).
  • Siena has a better scoring defense (66.2 allowed per game vs 76.3 allowed per game) than Niagara this season.
  • 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.
NU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Juan`ya Green 37 16 3 5 2 0 3
B- Antoine Mason 35 18 5 2 1 0 2
C Ameen Tanksley 28 11 6 1 1 0 1
C T.J. Cline 21 7 5 1 1 0 1
C Devon White 21 6 5 0 1 1 1
C- Marvin Jordan 27 8 2 1 1 0 1
D+ Tahjere McCall 19 5 3 2 1 0 2
D Malcolm Lemmons 15 4 2 1 0 0 1
D Joe Thomas 10 2 2 0 0 1 1
D S. Gillette 10 3 3 0 0 0 0
D L. Johnson 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
F Skylar Jones 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
SIE Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- O.D Anosike 38 13 12 1 1 1 2
C Rob Poole 34 13 5 1 1 0 2
C- Rakeem Brookins 34 12 2 2 2 0 3
D+ Evan Hymes 34 11 2 4 1 0 4
D+ Trenity Burdine 23 5 4 1 1 0 1
D Brett Bisping 16 4 3 1 0 0 1
D Imoh Silas 17 3 3 0 0 1 1
D- Ryan Oliver 13 2 1 0 0 0 1
F Rich Audu 15 3 1 0 0 0 1
F Davis Martens 7 1 1 0 0 0 0
F Chris Leppanen 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
F Steven Cruz 3 1 1 1 0 0 1
F Marcus Hopper 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
F Lionel Gomis 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
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