Pennsylvania vs. Marist - 12/9/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Marist Red Foxes (1-7) at Pennsylvania Quakers (2-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Palestra)
The Line: Pennsylvania Quakers -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Marist Red Foxes and Pennsylvania Quakers play Tuesday night at the Palestra.
The Marist Red Foxes are off to a brutal 1-7 start and will play their fourth true road game. On the season, Marist is averaging 56.1 points on 38.7 percent shooting and is allowing 66.4 points on 34.5 percent shooting. Phillip Lawrence is averaging 10.6 points and 4.3 rebounds while Manny Thomas is averaging eight points and three rebounds. T.J. Curry is averaging four assists per game and Eric Truog is shooting 46.7 percent from the field. Marist continues to miss leading scorer Khallid Hart, and Chavaughn Lewis is doubtful with an ankle injury. The Marist Red Foxes are turning the ball over 16 times per game and shooting just 31.1 percent from deep. With their top two scorers not on the court, things are bound to get worse for the Red Foxes who have scored a combined 88 points in their last two games.
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The Pennsylvania Quakers have won two straight and will play their first home game since Nov. 22nd. On the season, Pennsylvania is averaging 67.6 points on 46.9 percent shooting and is allowing 69.9 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Tony Hicks leads the Quakers with 16.1 points and 3.9 assists while Darien Nelson-Henry is averaging 11.1 points and seven rebounds. Matt Howard is shooting 50 percent from the field and Antonio Woods is averaging 2.3 assists. The Pennsylvania Quakers are a solid shooting team that is also making 66 percent from the line and 32.3 percent from beyond the arc. Pennsylvania could improve on the defensive end, as the Quakers are forcing just 11.3 turnovers and allowing teams to shoot 36.3 percent from deep.
The Red Foxes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Ivy League and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Quakers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
It's nearly impossible to back the Red Foxes as long as they're missing their top two players and majority of their offense. The Pennsylvania Quakers should win by double digits given the circumstances.