Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Marist Red Foxes Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/24/14
Marist Red Foxes (6-12) at Niagara Purple Eagles (5-15)
College Basketball: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Gallagher Center)
The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles -2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Niagra hosts Marist Friday at the Gallagher Center in New York with both sides looking to climb out of the bottom of the MAAC standings.
The Breakdown: Niagra is in 10th place in the conference with a record of 2-7 and come into the contest off an 87-74 loss to first place Canisius Wednesday. The Purple Eagles were outshot from the field 50 percent to 46.8 percent, but hit 9 of 19 from distance to the Golden Griffins’ 5 of 18 and finished with a 36-33 advantage on the boards. Junior G Antoine Mason, the nation’s leading scorer, had a team-high 29 points on 11 of 19 shooting and hit 4 of 7 from downtown, while senior G Marvin Jordan added 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. On the season, Niagra ranks 63rd nationally at 77.3 ppg on 42.3 percent shooting and Mason leads the team in scoring with 27.7 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Marist is 3-5 in conference and topped St. Peter’s 70-63 in its last outing Monday. The Red Foxes were outdone from the field 40.4 percent to 39.6 percent and on the boards 41-33, but forced 16 turnovers, hit 5 of16 from beyond the arc and 27 of 36 from the free throw line. Senior C Adam Kemp had a team-high 18 points and 11 rebounds, while freshman G Khallid Hart added 15 points on 4 of 10 shooting. Through 18 games, Marist is averaging 63.5 ppg on 38.8 percent shooting. Junior G Chavaughn Lewis leads the team in scoring with 16.6 ppg, followed by Hart at 13.5 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -2.5 for Niagra, which looks like a good value. Marist ranks 328th nationally in ppg to the Purple Eagles’ 63rd. And they have the have the country’s top scorer. Look for Niagra to cover.