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Quinnipiac Bobcats vs. Niagara Purple Eagles Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/8/14

Niagara Purple Eagles (7-25) at Quinnipiac Bobcats (19-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 9:00 pm (MassMutual Center)

The Line: Quinnipiac Bobcats -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Quinnipiac Bobcats and the Niagara Purple Eagles face off on Saturday in Baltimore in the MAAC Tournament.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats lost their last two games to close out the season but a new season starts for them on Saturday in the MAAC Tourney. Quinnipiac is 14-6 in the MAAC and 9-7 in games played away from home this season. Ike Azotam leads the Bobcats averaging 16.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Zaid Hearst is averaging 15.8 points and 7.0 rebounds, Umar Shannon is averaging 14.3 points, and Ousmane Drame is averaging 13.9 points and 10.3 rebounds. Quinnipiac is averaging 79.2 points and they are shooting 42 percent while defensively they are allowing 76.3 points and their opponents are shooting 43 percent. The Bobcats pounded Niagara by 14 in the last meeting of these two.

Quinnipiac Bobcats vs. Niagara Purple Eagles Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/8/14

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The Niagara Purple Eagles pulled the upset over Marist to make it to this game but it is a step up in competition. Niagara is 3-16 away from home this season and 4-17 in MAAC play. Antoine Mason leads the Purple Eagles averaging 25.6 points per game. Marvin Jordan averages 9.6 points, Marcus Ware averages 8.6 points and 5.8 rebounds, and Ramone Snowden is averaging 8.1 points and 5.5 rebounds. Niagara is averaging 75.1 points and they are shooting 42.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 81.9 points and their opponents are shooting 48.3 percent. Niagara will be put to the test on the boards here.

Quinnipiac is 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight neutral site games and 4-1 against the spread in their last five Saturday games. Niagara is 2-5-1 against the spread in their last eight neutral site games and 4-1 against the spread following a win.

This one looks like a mismatch and with the light line, this might be my strongest play of the day outside of the Premium Area and the App. 

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