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Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Canisius Golden Griffins - 1/22/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Canisius Golden Griffins (9-10) at Niagara Purple Eagles (5-14)

College Basketball: Friday, January 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Gallagher Center)

The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Canisius Golden Griffins will travel to play the Niagara Purple Eagles in a MAAC game on Friday.

The Niagara Purple Eagles are 5-14 (3-5) and are coming off of a loss to Manhattan by a score of 69-64. Niagara has lost their last 2 games, and their last 9 out of 11. Niagara has conference wins against Saint Peter’s, Manhattan, and Quinnipiac. Niagara is averaging 63.2 points per game while giving up 69.8 points per game. Niagara is also averaging 36.1 rebounds per game and 10.9 assists per game. Matt Scott is averaging 14.8 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game for Niagara. Emile Blackman is averaging 14.6 points per game and 4.1 rebounds per game for the Purple Eagles. Niagara is shooting 67.4% on free throws, 28.4% on three-pointers, and 41.1% on all field goal attempts.

Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Canisius Golden Griffins - 1/22/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Canisius Golden Griffins are 9-10 (4-4) and are coming off of a Quinnipiac by a score of 63-53. Canisius has won 2 games in a row, after losing their previous 4. Canisius is currently tied for 5th in the MAAC standings. Canisius is averaging 80.2 points per game while giving up 79.6 points per game. Canisius is also averaging 35.3 rebounds per game and 15.1 assists per game. Malcolm McMillan is averaging 16 points per game and 4.4 assists per game for Canisius. Phil Valenti is averaging 14.9 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per game for the Golden Griffins. Canisius is shooting 73.5% on free throws, 34% on three-pointers, and 41.9% on all field goal attempts.

Canisius is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record. The under is 4-0 in the Canisius last 4 games. Niagara is 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games. Niagara is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The under is 5-2 in Niagara’s last 7 Friday games. The road team is 5-1 ATS in these two teams last 6 meetings.

Both of these teams are middle of the pack teams in the MAAC standings. Niagara plays at a much slower pace, with a very good defense. Canisius is a much faster paced team, but they are allowing almost 80 points per game. Niagara has been struggling lately, while Canisius has found some recent success. I am taking Canisius in this one.

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