CBI Finals: Fresno State vs. Siena
|Fresno State Bulldogs||Siena Saints|
|20-16||April 05, 2014, 11:30 | Times Union Center||18-17|
The championship series of the College Basketball Invitational postseason tournament will conclude on Saturday, with Siena playing host to Fresno State in the third and deciding game of the three-game 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 picked up three straight wins over UTEP, Princeton, and Old Dominion to advance to the championship series.
Fresno State was favored by a single point over at Bovada earlier in the week.
Siena will face the 20-16 Bulldogs, who own a 19-14-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Saints are 9-24 on the OU so far this season while the Bulldogs are 18-16.
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 156-ranked Saints and the No. 25-rated Bulldogs in this matchup.
Last time out before the championship series 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.
Siena won its last outing before the championship series, 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.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Bulldogs is ranked No. 161 in NCAA hoops at 34.14 per game. Contrast that with Siena’s No. 31 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Siena is the No. 242-ranked team in the country at 4.46 per game, while Fresno State rates No. 41 at 7.53 per game.
A few Bulldogs at Saints trends to consider:
Fresno State is 12-3-2 SU in its last 17 games
Fresno State is 5-11-1 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Siena is 7-1-2 SU in its last 10 games
Siena is 5-0-1 SU in its last 6 games at home