The Marist Red Foxes have won three consecutive games to boost their record close to 11-13. Friday's game is a big revenge spot for the Red Foxes, who blew a 38-24 halftime lead against Siena on Jan. 14. I'm taking Marist as the underdog.
The last six meetings between Marist and Siena have stayed Under, as have nine of the last 10. Siena won the first matchup 67-60 and the total went Under 130. But a recent uptick in production from Marist merits a higher bump in the total rating. Friday's number is too low. Seven of Marist's last eight games have gone Over the total. Over is the play.
The Saints have beaten Marist eight straight times in Albany. They've won three in a row and six of seven overall, including a 67-60 win in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., in which they trailed the Red Foxes by 17 with 12:28 left. Marist is clicking offensively and enters on a three-game win streak, but Siena's 1-3-1 zone gave the Red Foxes fits last time. Siena boasts the reigning MAAC Player of the Week in Anthony Gaines (53 points, 28 rebounds the past three games) and a strong atmosphere at MVP Arena. Lay the small number.