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Fairfield Stags vs. Niagara Purple Eagles - 1/15/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Niagara Purple Eagles (5-12) at Fairfield Stags (8-8)

College Basketball: Friday, January 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard)

The Line: Fairfield Stags -9.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Niagara Purple Eagles will travel to play the Fairfield Stags in a MAAC game on Friday.

The Fairfield Stags are 8-8 (2-4) and are coming off of a loss to Monmouth by a score of 86-74. Fairfield has alternated wins and losses in their last 5 games. Fairfield really struggles on defense, which has been tough for their offense to overcome. Fairfield is averaging 79 points per game while giving up 81.2 points per game. Fairfield is also averaging 34.9 rebounds per game and 16.3 assists per game. Marcus Gilbert is averaging 19.5 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game for Fairfield. Tyler Nelson is averaging 14.9 points per game and 3.4 assists per game for the Stags. Fairfield is shooting 71.9% on free throws, 37% on three-pointers, and 45.4% on all field goal attempts.

Fairfield Stags vs. Niagara Purple Eagles - 1/15/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Niagara Purple Eagles are 5-12 (3-3) and are coming off of a win against Manhattan by a score of 55-53. Justin Satchell had a tip in off of a missed shot for the win for Niagara. Niagara has won two games in a row, after losing their previous seven games. Niagara is averaging 62.8 points per game while giving up 69.7 points per game. Niagara is also averaging 36.1 rebounds per game and 11.4 assists per game. Emile Blackman is averaging 14.7 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game for Niagara. Matt Scott is averaging 14.3 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game for Purple Eagles. Niagara is shooting 67.7% on free throws, 28% on three-pointers, and 40.8% on all field goal attempts.

Niagara is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games. Niagara is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a win. The under is 4-1 in Niagara’s last 5 conference games. Fairfield is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Friday games. Fairfield is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games. The over is 8-2-1 in Fairfield’s last 11 games. The under is 5-0 these two teams last 5 meetings.

Niagara is a very low scoring team that plays tight defense, while Fairfield likes a faster, higher scoring pace to their games. Niagara should be able to take advantage of some poor defense by Fairfield in this matchup. I like Niagara to keep it close.

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Niagara Purple Eagles +9

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