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Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Marist Red Foxes - 2/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Marist Red Foxes (5-20) at Niagara Purple Eagles (6-21)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Gallagher Center)

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

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The Marist Red Foxes will travel to play the Niagara Purple Eagles in a MAAC game on Thursday.

The Niagara Purple Eagles are 6-21 (4-12) and are coming off of a loss to Rider by a score of 77-59. Niagara has lost 5 games in a row and is currently 10th in the MAAC standings. Niagara defeated Marist by a score of 69-66 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Niagara is averaging 63.2 points per game while giving up 71 points per game. Niagara is also averaging 35.8 rebounds per game and 10.7 assists per game. Matt Scott is averaging 16 points per game and 7 rebounds per game for Niagara. Emile Blackman is averaging 14.8 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Purple Eagles. Niagara is shooting 68.5% on free throws, 27.7% on three-pointers, and 40.4% on all field goal attempts.

Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Marist Red Foxes - 2/18/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Marist Red Foxes are 5-20 (2-14) and are coming off of a loss to Fairfield by a score of 76-73. Marist has lost 3 games in a row and is currently last in the MAAC standings. Marist has conference wins against Siena and Manhattan. Marist is averaging 71.3 points per game while giving up 79.5 points per game. Marist is also averaging 32.4 rebounds per game and 11.5 assists per game. Khallid Hart (Questionable) is averaging 21.2 points per game and 2.6 rebounds per game for Marist. Brian Parker is averaging 17 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Red Foxes. Marist is shooting 71.7% on free throws, 34% on three-pointers, and 41.8% on all field goal attempts.

Marist is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games. Marist is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games. The under is 4-0 in Marist’s last 4 road games. Niagara is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games. Niagara is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games. The under is 4-1 in Niagara’s last 5 home games. The under is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 meetings.

Both of these teams come into this game struggling in their recent games. Niagara has the home court advantage, but is inconsistent on offense. Marist is poor defensively, giving up about 80 points per game. Niagara is better on defense and is the better rebounding team. I like Niagara at home. 

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