Halftime Report

Fortunes may be turning around for Niagara after losing three in a row. They have jumped out to a quick 26-22 lead against Siena. Niagara took a big hit to their ego last Sunday, so a win here would be a pleasant pick-me-up.

Niagara came into the match with some extra motivation after the loss they were dealt the last time these two teams faced off. We'll see if they're able to flip the script or if it'll just be more of the same.

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Niagara Purple Eagles @ Siena Saints

Current Records: Niagara 14-14, Siena 4-25

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Niagara has enjoyed a two-game homestand but will soon have to dust off their road jerseys. They and the Siena Saints will face off in a MAAC battle at 7:00 p.m. ET on Thursday at MVP Arena. Given that the pair suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this match.

The point spread may have favored Niagara last Sunday, but the final result did not. They suffered a bruising 91-72 loss at the hands of the Mountaineers. Niagara found out winning isn't easy when your shooting is a whole 18.4% worse than the opposition.

Meanwhile, Siena's recent rough patch got a bit rougher on Sunday after their fifth straight defeat. They took a 71-57 hit to the loss column at the hands of the Bobcats. The loss unfortunately continues a disappointing trend for Siena in their matchups with Quinnipiac: they've now lost three in a row.

The Purple Eagles dropped their record down to 14-14 with that loss, which was their third straight at home. As for the Saints, they have traveled a rocky road recently having lost 12 of their last 13 matches, which put a noticeable dent in their 4-25 record this season.

This contest is shaping up to be a blowout: Niagara just can't miss this season, having made 47.1% of their shots per game. It's a different story for Siena, though, as they've only made 40.2% of their shots this season. Given Niagara's sizable advantage in that area, Siena will need to find a way to close that gap.

Going forward, Niagara is the favorite in this one, as the experts expect to see them win by seven points. Those brave souls putting their money on Siena against the spread have faith in an upset since their 10-19 ATS record can't hold a candle to Niagara's 16-11.


Niagara is a solid 7-point favorite against Siena, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 7-point spread, and stayed right there.

The over/under is 137 points.

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Series History

Siena and Niagara both have 5 wins in their last 10 games.

  • Jan 15, 2024 - Siena 93 vs. Niagara 88
  • Mar 09, 2023 - Niagara 71 vs. Siena 65
  • Feb 05, 2023 - Niagara 56 vs. Siena 54
  • Jan 13, 2023 - Siena 70 vs. Niagara 64
  • Mar 03, 2022 - Niagara 74 vs. Siena 52
  • Jan 28, 2022 - Siena 60 vs. Niagara 56
  • Feb 21, 2021 - Siena 68 vs. Niagara 66
  • Feb 20, 2021 - Niagara 64 vs. Siena 62
  • Mar 04, 2020 - Siena 77 vs. Niagara 55
  • Jan 19, 2020 - Niagara 72 vs. Siena 71