Quinnipiac Bobcats vs. Marist Red Foxes Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/10/14
Marist Red Foxes (9-14) at Quinnipiac Bobcats (14-8)
College Basketball: Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm (TD Bank Sports Center)
The Line: Quinnipiac Bobcats -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Quinnipiac eyes second place in the MAAC with a third straight victory when they welcome surging Marist Monday.
The Breakdown: The Bobcats sit in third place in the conference, improving to 9-4 behind back to back wins and an 82-61 dismantling of Rider Saturday. Quinnipiac connected on 26 of 59 from the floor and 9 of 16 from beyond the arc to the Broncs’ 25 of 61 from the field and 4 of 14 from distance. The Bobcats also came away with a 44-30 advantage on the boards and converted on 21 of 32 from the free throw line. Senior F Ike Azotam had a game-high 28 points and 12 rebounds, junior G Zaid Hearst scored 13 points, including 3 of 4 from downtown, and senior guards Shaq and Umar Shannon added 12 points apiece. On the season, Quinnipiac is averaging 79.0 ppg on 41.0 percent shooting. Azotam leads the team with 16.7 ppg, followed by Hearst at 15.3 ppg.
Marist, meanwhile, is riding a three-game winning streak, improving to 6-7 for 6th place in the conference after 68-61 victory over Rider Thursday. The Red Foxes were outshot from the floor 42.1 percent to 37.9 percent, but topped the Broncs from distance 37.5 percent to 22.7 percent and dominated the boards 47-26. Senior C Adam Kemp scored a team-high 16 points and snagged 10 rebounds, freshman G Khallid Hart had 15 points and 5 assists, and senior F Jaye Bowie added 14 points and a game-high 13 boards. Through 23 games, Marist is averaging 65.3 ppg on 40.5 percent shooting. Junior F Chavaughn Lewis leads the team with 16.9 ppg, followed by Hart at 13.6 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: Quinnipiac is currently a 9-point favorite in this matchup. These two haven’t squared off yet, but the Bobcats are far superior stat wise, averaging just about 14 more points per contest. Plus they’re at home. Look for Quinnipiac to cover.