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CBI Finals: Siena vs. Fresno State

Siena Saints Fresno State Bulldogs
18-17 March 31, 2014, 10:00 | Save Mart Center 20-16

The championship series of the College Basketball Invitational postseason tournament will get underway on March 31, with Siena at Fresno State to open the best-of-three set.

Siena bounced Stony Brook in the first round of the CBI before knocking off Penn State in the quarterfinals and Illinois State in the semifinals. Fresno State has picked up three straight wins over UTEP, Princeton, and Old Dominion.

Fresno State was favored by 8 points in early wagering at GTbets.eu with a total hovering around 139 over at TopBet.

Supporters of the Saints have watched them go 18-17 and 19-13-1 ATS on the year, while the Bulldogs are at 20-16 and 19-14-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Bulldogs are 18-16, while the Saints have a 9-24 mark.

View Siena Saints vs Fresno State Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

This game matches up the No. 25 (Bulldogs) and the No. 156 (Saints) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

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Siena won its last outing, a 61-49 result against Illinois State on March 26. They covered in that game as a 2.5-point favorite. Siena got 20 points and 13 rebounds from Brett Bisping en route to a 61-49 victory over Illinois State on Wednesday at Times Union Center.

Last time out for Fresno State, they were a 71-64 winner as they battled Old Dominion at home. They failed to cover in the match as an 8-point favorite. Fresno State earned a 71-64 victory over Old Dominion on Wednesday, getting 20 points from Marvelle Harris at Save Mart Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Fresno State's No. 87-ranked scoring average of 72.86 PPG, against a Saints defense rated No. 134 and allowing 69.94 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 43.74% to date this season, more than the Saints shooters have managed so far (42% per game).

A few Saints at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Siena is 7-0-1 ATS in its last 8 games
Siena is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Siena is 4-1-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Siena is 6-17 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Fresno State is 12-4 ATS in its last 16 games
Fresno State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Fresno State's last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Fresno State's last 6 games

Next up:
Siena home to Fresno State, Wednesday, April 2nd