Siena (8-23) vs. Niagara (18-12)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, March 9, 2:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: MassMutual Center (7,552) -- Springfield, Massachusetts.
Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Siena 4-10, Niagara 11-4. Away Record:
Siena 2-12, Niagara 7-7. Neutral Record: Siena 2-1, Niagara 0-1. Conference
Record: Siena 4-14, Niagara 13-5. Series Record: Niagara leads, 46-43.
GAME NOTES: The quarterfinals of the 32nd annual Metro Atlantic Athletic
Conference Tournament gets underway on Saturday afternoon, as the top-seeded
Niagara Purple Eagles take on the Siena Saints at the MassMutual Center in
Last night, the ninth-seeded Saints took care of Marist during the first round
of the tournament with a 70-64 triumph. The victory moved Siena to 6-0 all-
time against the Red Foxes in the conference tournament.
As for the Purple Eagles, winners of this event two times already, they have a
record of .500 in the tournament all-time at 21-21. Niagara took part in the
championship game as recently as 2009, but has not won it since 2007 when it
slipped by Siena, 83-79.
With respect to the 2012-13 regular season, Niagara was strong early on in the
conference schedule and then managed to close out well with four wins in the
last five outings overall. The team finished just ahead of both Loyola-
Maryland and Rider in the standings.
Niagara won both regular-season meetings between the squads by a combined 32
points in a span of just eight days, which means the all-time series now
stands at 46-43 in favor of the Purple Eagles.
The winner of this meeting will be back in action on Sunday afternoon in the
semifinals versus the survivor of the Canisius/Iona battle for the right to
compete in the title game on Monday night.
O.D. Anosike registered a double-double with 24 points and 12 rebounds as the
Siena Saints captured a six-point win over the Marist Red Foxes during the
first round of the tournament on Friday. Anosike, who shot 9-of-21 from the
floor, also added five assists and two blocked shots for the ninth-seeded
Saints. Also scoring in double figures for Siena were Rob Poole and Davis
Martens with 19 and 10 points, respectively, as the pair combined to shoot 6-
of-8 behind the 3-point line.
While he hasn't been beating up opponents in the paint all that much lately,
Anosike still demonstrated the kind of play last night that made him the top
rebounder in the nation a season ago. Playing in excess of 37 minutes per
game, Anosike continues to lead the Saints in both scoring and rebounding with
averages of 13.3 ppg and 11.4 rpg.
Driving the Purple Eagles may be the top tandem in the league at this stage in
Antoine Mason (18.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg) and Juan'ya Green (17.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg), the
latter leaving it all out on the floor as he plays just under 38 minutes per
contest which is just incredible. Both players were named to the All-MAAC
First Team, with Green quite possibly having the inside track on being named
the conference player of the year as well, seeing as how he augmented his
scoring and rebounding by accounting for 151 of his team's 387 assists and
coming up with a team-best 56 steals as well.
The question for this game will be whether or not Anosike can find the energy
and strength to head right back out on the hardwood and battle in the paint
the way everyone knows he can. If the answer is yes then perhaps the Saints
have a shot at the upset.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Niagara 73, Siena 63
03/09 10:36:26 ET
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