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Niagara vs. Marist 1/30/15 - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Marist Red Foxes (2-18) at Niagara Purple Eagles (3-16)

College Basketball: Friday, January 30, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Gallagher Center)

The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Marist Red Foxes and Niagara Purple Eagles square off Friday at the Gallagher Center.

The Marist Red Foxes could use a victory after losing 14 of their last 15 games. On the season, Marist is averaging 59 points on 38.6 percent shooting and is allowing 68.8 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Chavaughn Lewis is averaging 19.8 points and 2.8 assists while Khallid Hart is averaging 14.6 points and 2.6 rebounds. T.J. Curry is the third player averaging double-digit points and Phillip Lawrence is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Marist Red Foxes have six players averaging at least 5.9 points, and they’re shooting 72.4 percent from the line and 31.6 percent from downtown. Defensively, Marist is allowing 33.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or less points in five of its last six games. Marist is 0-10 SU on the road.

Niagara vs. Marist 1/30/15 -  College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Niagara Purple Eagles would also love a victory after losing their last eight games. On the season, Niagara is averaging 62.9 points on 38.5 percent shooting and is allowing 72.5 points on 47.9 percent shooting. Ramone Snowden is averaging 11.9 points and 2.6 assists while Emile Blackman is averaging 11.6 points and 4.1 rebounds. Wesley Myers is the third player averaging double-digit points and Karonn Davis is dishing 2.5 assists. The Niagara Purple Eagles have six players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 66.3 percent from the line and 32.9 percent from downtown. Defensively, Niagara is allowing 38.6 percent shooting from deep and has given up 74 or more points in five of its last seven games.

The Red Foxes are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Purple Eagles are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Red Foxes are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Niagara and the home team is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

You seriously need to seek some help if you're considering capping this game. We're talking about two of the worst teams in the country and a game that could go either way. However, for the sake of the article, I'm going to back Niagara simply because it's the home team. The Purple Eagles also have a bit more scoring depth that should help them cover this number.

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Niagara Purple Eagles -5.5

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