|Yep, I was expecting the Saints to have something with a halo too.|
Quick, give me the quick details on why Purdue will beat these guys:
This is the first matchup with Siena since the first round of the NCAA tournament back in 2010. Purdue fans may remember that game as the one where every single analyst picked the 13th-seeded Saints to beat the 4th-seeded Boilermakers. Everyone also knows that Purdue never loses a first round game in the Tourney, so of course Purdue pulled it out. Luckily for Purdue (and unluckily for their strength of schedule), this is not the same Siena team that became an upset special for several years. Still, this will be Purdue's toughest test of the year so far, as Siena has lost close games to Albany, Vermont, and La Salle (don't be fooled - these are all very good low to mid major teams) and are coming off close wins over St. Bonaventure and Cornell. They have experience in close games, so the Boilers need to make sure they take care of business early. The key will be AJ Hammons versus Siena center Imoh Silas. Imoh is coming off a huge game with 17 points and 14 rebounds in 36 minutes against Cornell. If AJ can neutralize Silas on offense, Purdue should win easily.
Line: Purdue - 17.5
Erik: Purdue 83 - Siena 77
Kirk: Purdue 80 - Siena 65