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Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Marist Red Foxes Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/24/14

Marist Red Foxes (6-12) at Niagara Purple Eagles (5-15)

College Basketball: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Gallagher Center)

The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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Storyline: Niagra hosts Marist Friday at the Gallagher Center in New York with both sides looking to climb out of the bottom of the MAAC standings.

The Breakdown: Niagra is in 10th place in the conference with a record of 2-7 and come into the contest off an 87-74 loss to first place Canisius Wednesday. The Purple Eagles were outshot from the field 50 percent to 46.8 percent, but hit 9 of 19 from distance to the Golden Griffins’ 5 of 18 and finished with a 36-33 advantage on the boards. Junior G Antoine Mason, the nation’s leading scorer, had a team-high 29 points on 11 of 19 shooting and hit 4 of 7 from downtown, while senior G Marvin Jordan added 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. On the season, Niagra ranks 63rd nationally at 77.3 ppg on 42.3 percent shooting and Mason leads the team in scoring with 27.7 ppg.

Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Marist Red Foxes Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/24/14

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Meanwhile, Marist is 3-5 in conference and topped St. Peter’s 70-63 in its last outing Monday. The Red Foxes were outdone from the field 40.4 percent to 39.6 percent and on the boards 41-33, but forced 16 turnovers, hit 5 of16 from beyond the arc and 27 of 36 from the free throw line. Senior C Adam Kemp had a team-high 18 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman G Khallid Hart added 15 points on 4 of 10 shooting. Through 18 games, Marist is averaging 63.5 ppg on 38.8 percent shooting. Junior G Chavaughn Lewis leads the team in scoring with 16.6 ppg, followed by Hart at 13.5 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -2.5 for Niagra, which looks like a good value. Marist ranks 328th nationally in ppg to the Purple Eagles’ 63rd. And they have the have the country’s top scorer. Look for Niagra to cover.

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Niagra -2.5

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