Hartford vs. Niagara - 11/15/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Niagara Purple Eagles (0-2) at Hartford Hawks (0-1)
College Basketball: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 6:30 am (Reich Family Pavilion)
The Line: Hartford Hawks PK -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Niagara Purple Eagles and Hartford Hawks meet Tuesday morning in college basketball action at the Chase Arena on ESPN2.
The Niagara Purple Eagles could use a feel good victory after a quick 0-2 start to the season. The Niagara Purple Eagles are averaging 72.5 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 82 points on 51.4 percent shooting. Kahlil Dukes is averaging 14.5 points and one assist while Matt Scott is averaging 13 points and four rebounds. Dominic Robb is grabbing 4.5 rebounds and Dwayne Pow is producing 2.5 steals. The Niagara Purple Eagles are shooting 30 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Niagara Purple Eagles are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29 rebounds per game. The Niagara Purple Eagles have lost six straight road games.
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The Hartford Hawks hope for a bounce back performance after losing to Central Connecticut in their season opener. The Hartford Hawks are averaging 60 points on 41 percent shooting and allowing 75 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Jalen Ross is averaging 18 points and three rebounds while Jason Dunne is averaging 13 points and two assists. John Carroll is grabbing five rebounds and Andrew Ramirez is dishing two assists. The Hartford Hawks are shooting 22.7 percent from beyond the arc and 33.3 percent from the free throw line. The Hartford Hawks are allowing 42.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28 rebounds per game. The Hartford Hawks have lost seven of their last eight home games.
The Purple Eagles are 4-16-1 ATS in their last 21 Tuesday games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Hawks last 5 overall and the over is 6-1 in Purple Eagles last 7 road games.
Neither one of these teams has shown much early this season and both lost a lot of games last season, so it's only right this game is a toss-up. In these spots, I usually side with the home team. It's also easier to side with Hartford considering Niagara has lost six straight on the road and has shown no signs of defense up to this point. Give me the Hartford Hawks to get a big home victory.