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MAAC 1st Round-Quinnipiac Bobcats vs. Marist Red Foxes - 3/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Marist Red Foxes (6-24) at Quinnipiac Bobcats (15-14)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Times Union Center)

The Line: Quinnipiac Bobcats -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Quinnipiac Bobcats collide with the Marist Red Foxes in round one of the MAAC playoffs Thursday.

 

MAAC 1st Round-Quinnipiac Bobcats vs. Marist Red Foxes - 3/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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I didn’t think the Marist Red Foxes were going to be at the bottom of the MAAC  especially when they got hot in the middle of the season with four straight wins but losses in six of seven to close the regular season sealed their fate. The bottom line is the Red Foxes were outscored 68-60 on the year leading to an overall 6-24 record and a 5-15 conference mark. The biggest win was at Fresno State so there isn’t anything that stands out as far as upsets go.

 

As the Red Foxes head in to the postseason we know both ends of the floor need a boost so offensively we have to see if Chavaughn Lewis can possibly do more then he does at over 20 points and five boards. Khallid Hart is healthy and is the only other double digit scorer at 15 points on 38% shooting. Phillip Lawrence looks like the guy that has the most potential to step up and carry some of the scoring burden at eight points on 45% from the floor. The real issue is getting everybody not named Lewis to shoot at a decent rate and at least supply some secondary offense.

 

The Quinnipiac Bobcats lost some valuable talent to graduation and it            has definitely hurt them. This team is still rebounding the basketball as nobody in the nation is better but they don’t shoot the ball well as a team which has had a hand iin a 15-14 record and 9-11 conference mark. The Bobcats have outscored opponents 70-67 but have been inconsistent offensively with a few big games mixed with the mediocre. Yale was the biggest win but they did not play any big names.

 

The offense revolves around Zaid Hearst who was one of the top offensive players in the MAAC at 18 points and six boards with Ousmane Drame providing the team with a solid second option at 14 points and a team high 10.8 rebounds. Justin Harris is the guy that needs to produce more then eight points and six pulls and the reason I say that is because he, Hearst and Drame are the only guys hitting shots at better then 40%. The bottom line is the secondary scorers struggle to make shots which makes scoring unpredictable.

 

The Red Foxes are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and  7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss. Marist are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and  1-7 ATS in their last 8 games after scoring less than 50 points in their previous game. The Bobcats are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. If you follow the MAAC you know Marist can be competitive so I’ll try the points…

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Marist +6 // up to +7.5

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