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Canisius vs. Niagara - 3/3/16 MAAC Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Niagara Purple Eagles (7-23) at Canisius Golden Griffins (13-18)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Times Union Center)

The Line: Canisius Golden Griffins -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Niagara Purple Eagles and Canisius Golden Griffins meet Thursday in the first round of the MAAC Tournament.

The Niagara Purple Eagles look for a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Niagara Purple Eagles are averaging 63.5 points on 39.9 percent shooting and allowing 71 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Emile Blackman is averaging 15.5 points and 1.3 assists while Matt Scott is averaging 15.4 points and 7.1 rebounds. Marvin Prochet is grabbing 5.4 rebounds and Cameron Fowler is dishing 2.8 assists. The Niagara Purple Eagles are shooting 27.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The Purple Eagles are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36 rebounds per game. The Niagara Purple Eagles have lost four of their last five neutral site games.

Canisius vs. Niagara - 3/3/16 MAAC Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Canisius Golden Griffins look for a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Canisius Golden Griffins are averaging 76.4 points on 41.9 percent shooting and allowing 78 points on 47.5 percent shooting. Malcolm McMillan is averaging 14.8 points and 4.1 assists while Kassius Robertson is averaging 14.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. Phil Valenti is dishing 2.1 assists and Kevin Bleeker is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Canisius Golden Griffins are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 74.6 percent from the free throw line. The Golden Griffins are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The Canisius Golden Griffins have split their last four neutral site games.

The Purple Eagles are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 Thursday games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Golden Griffins are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Purple Eagles are 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings.

Canisius has beaten Niagara in six of the last seven meetings, including a sweep this season. The Golden Griffins are simply the better and deeper basketball team that has a clear offensive advantage. Lookfor Canisius to win and cover the reasonable number.

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Canisius Golden Griffins -5.5

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