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Siena @ American

Current Records: Siena 6-5; American 8-2

What to Know

The American Eagles' homestand continues as they prepare to take on the Siena Saints at 1 p.m. ET Dec. 22 at Bender Arena. American is out to keep their three-game home win streak alive.

The VMI Keydets typically have all the answers at home, but last Tuesday the Eagles proved too difficult a challenge. American was able to grind out a solid victory over VMI, winning 69-61.

Meanwhile, even if it wasn't a dominant performance, Siena beat the St. Bonaventure Bonnies 76-70 on Monday. Four players on Siena scored in the double digits: guard Javian McCollum (23), forward Jackson Stormo (14), guard Andrew Platek (11), and guard Michael Eley (10).

Barring any buzzer beaters, American is expected to win a tight contest Thursday. If their 7-3 record against the spread is anything to go by, the prospects look good for bets placed on them.

The wins brought the Eagles up to 8-2 and the Saints to 6-5. A couple stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: American ranks 33rd in college basketball when it comes to field goal percentage, with 48.90% on the season. Less enviably, Siena has allowed their opponents to shoot 47.40% from the floor on average, which is the fourth highest shooting percentage allowed in college basketball.

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday at 1 p.m. ET
  • Where: Bender Arena -- Washington, District of Columbia
  • Follow: CBS Sports App


The Eagles are a slight 1.5-point favorite against the Saints, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 1.5-point spread, and stayed right there.

Over/Under: -110

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Series History

Siena won the only game these two teams have played in the last eight years.

  • Nov 05, 2019 - Siena 96 vs. American 80