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Marist Red Foxes vs. Niagara Purple Eagles MAAC Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/6/14

Niagara Purple Eagles (6-25) at Marist Red Foxes (12-18)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 10:00 pm (MassMutual Center)

The Line: Marist Red Foxes -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Marist Red Foxes and the Niagara Purple Eagles face off on Thursday in Springfield in a first round Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament game.

The Marist Red Foxes got a big win to end the season as it also ended a three game losing streak. Marist is 9-11 in the MAAC and 3-14 in games played away from home. Chavaughn Lewis leads the Red Foxes averaging 17.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Khalid Hart is averaging 14.6 points, Jay Bowie is averaging 12.3 points and 5.3 rebounds, and Adam Kemp is averaging 10 points and 7.6 rebounds. Marist is averaging 68.1 points and they are shooting 40.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 71.8 points and their opponents are shooting 44.2 percent. Marist split their season series with Niagara with the home team winning each time.

Marist Red Foxes vs. Niagara Purple Eagles MAAC Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/6/14

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The Niagara Purple Eagles lost 10 games to close out the season and finished in last place in the MAAC. Niagara is 3-17 in MAAC play and 4-19 in games played away from home. Antoine Mason is averaging 25.2 points to lead the Purple Eagles. Marvin Jordan is averaging 9.5 points, Ramone Snowden is averaging 8.1 points and 5.5 rebounds, and Marcus Ware is averaging 8.4 points and 5.7 rebounds. Niagara is averaging 75 points and they are shooting 42.5 percent while defensively they are allowing 82.1 points and their opponents are shooting 48.6 percent. Niagara’s last win was on January 24th against Marist.

Marist is 5-0 against the spread following a win, 1-4 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, and 0-4 against the spread following a win by more than 20 points. Niagara is 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games and 2-5 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. The favorite has covered the point spread in five of the last six meetings of these two.

Marist has had a rough year but I don’t see them having a lot of problems here and I like them to cover. 

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