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Big Red open as college hoops underdog vs Saints

Siena SaintsCornell Big Red
1-3November 22, 2013, 07:00 | Newman Arena0-5

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Newman Arena Friday as host Cornell looks to handle the Siena Saints in NCAA hoops action.

The Big Red currently sports a 0-5 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 1-1 ATS. The Saints are 1-3 and 2-0 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Big Red produce a 1-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Saints have gone 1-1 against the number.

View Siena Saints vs Cornell Big Red Odds and Stats.

The Big Red were listed as 1-point underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Big Red - Saints odds would favor the Big Red if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Cornell is rated No. 309 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Siena is at No. 314.

Siena was a 72-70 winner in its last match at home against St. Bonaventure. They covered the 7-point spread as underdogs. Lavon Long scored 15 points leading the Saints to a 72-70 victory over St. Bonaventure at Times Union Center on Tuesday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Cornell's No. 215-ranked scoring average of 68 PPG, against a Saints defense rated No. 177 and allowing 74.75 PPG. The Big Red FG% has averaged 41.08% to date this season, more than the Saints shooters have managed so far (40.24% per game).

Next up:
Siena at Purdue, Sunday, November 24th
Cornell at Radford, Monday, November 25th