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Canisius Golden Griffins vs. Niagara Purple Eagles - 2/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Niagara Purple Eagles (7-22) at Canisius Golden Griffins (12-17)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Koessler Center)

The Line: Canisius Golden Griffins -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

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

The Canisius Golden Griffins are 12-17 (7-11) and are coming off of a win against Marist by a score of 81-66. Canisius has lost 3 of their last 4 games and is currently tied for 7th in the MAAC standings. Canisius defeated Niagara by a score of 70-61 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Canisius is averaging 76.8 points per game while giving up 78.3 points per game. Canisius is also averaging 33.7 rebounds per game and 14.3 assists per game. Malcolm McMillan is averaging 14.9 points per game and 4.1 assists per game for Canisius. Phil Valenti is averaging 14 points per game and 6 rebounds per game for the Golden Griffins. Canisius is shooting 74.4% on free throws, 34.2% on three-pointers, and 41.9% on all field goal attempts.

Canisius Golden Griffins vs. Niagara Purple Eagles - 2/25/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Niagara Purple Eagles are 7-22 (5-13) and are coming off of a loss to Fairfield by a score of 71-59. Niagara has lost 6 of their last 7 games and is currently 10th in the MAAC standings. Niagara is averaging 63.5 points per game while giving up 71 points per game. Niagara is also averaging 36.1 rebounds per game and 10.9 assists per game. Matt Scott is averaging 15.7 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game for Niagara. Emile Blackman is averaging 14.9 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Purple Eagles. Niagara is shooting 68.8% on free throws, 27.4% on three-pointers, and 40.3% on all field goal attempts.

Niagara is 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games. Niagara is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss. The over is 4-1 in Niagara’s last 5 road games. Canisius is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games. Canisius is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 home games for Canisius. The road team is 4-0 ATS in these two teams last 4 meetings.

Niagara has not found much success this season and is on the road for this matchup. Niagara is inconsistent on offense, but does have the rebounding advantage in this game. I like Canisius to win this game by double-digits. 

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Canisius Golden Griffins -9.5

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