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Monmouth Hawks vs. Marist Red Foxes Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/16/14

Marist Red Foxes (10-15) at Monmouth Hawks (10-16)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Multipurpose Activity Center)

The Line: Monmouth Hawks -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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Storyline: Monmouth hopes to put the brakes on a four-game slide when they square off with Marist Sunday.

The Breakdown: The Hawks dropped to 4-11 for 9th place in the MAAC after suffering an 89-70 battering at Iona Friday. Monmouth shot an accurate 50.8 percent from the floor to the Gaels’ 46.7 percent, but struggled from outside the arc, connecting on just 3 of 12 to 14 of 38 from Iona. The Hawks dominated the boards 44-25, but committed a whopping 25 turnovers and converted just 5 of 15 from the free throw line. Freshman G Deon Jones scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, junior F Khalil Brown had 13 points off the bench, and junior G Andrew Nicholas added 8 points. Through 26 games, Monmouth is averaging 69.8 ppg on 41.6 percent shooting. Jones leads the team with 14.9 ppg, followed by Nicholas at 14.0 ppg.

Monmouth Hawks vs. Marist Red Foxes Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/16/14

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Meanwhile, Marist improved to 7-8 for 6th place in the conference after scoring 5 points in the final 7 seconds to stun Siena 65-64 Friday. The Red Foxes connected on a dismal 31.1 percent from the floor to the Saints’ 31.7, but shot well from outside the arc, topping Siena 41.2 percent to 23.5 percent. Marist conceded a 47-41 rebounding advantage, but hit 20 of 23 from the free throw line. Freshman G Khallid Hart scored a team-high 16 points, including 3 of 4 from distance, senior C Adama Kemp had 15 points and 15 boards, and junior G Chavaughn Lewis added 14 points and 7 rebounds. On the season, the Red Foxes are averaging 65.8 ppg on 40.0 percent shooting. Lewis leads the team with 17.0 ppg, followed by Hart at 14.0 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -1.5 for Monmouth. Marist squeaked by the Hawks 75-73 a couple weeks ago at home. Monmouth is a bit better statistically and with home court they get the lean.

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