St. Bonaventure vs. Niagara - 11/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Niagara Purple Eagles (1-2) at St. Bonaventure Bonnies (3-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm (First Niagara Center)
The Line: St. Bonaventure Bonnies -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Niagara Purple Aces and St. Bonaventure Bonnies play Saturday at the First Niagara Center.
The Niagara Purple Eagles are off to a slow 1-2 start, especially on the offensive end. On the season, Niagara is averaging 56 points on 37.5 percent shooting and is allowing 67.3 points and 48 percent shooting. Emile Blackman leads Niagara with 13.3 points on 45.7 percent shooting and Rayvon Harris is averaging 11.7 points on 52.9 percent shooting. Ramone Snowden is grabbing 7.7 rebounds per game and Karonn Davis is shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Niagara Purple Eagles lack of offense has been killing them, as they have just two players averaging double-digit points and are shooting just 23.9 percent from three. It also doesn’t help that Niagara is averaging just 30.7 rebounds per game.
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The St. Bonaventure Bonnies have won three of their first four games and hope to be a factor in the A-10. On the season, St. Bonaventure is averaging 71.2 points on 40.2 percent shooting and allowing 63.5 points on 36.8 percent shooting. Marcus Posley leads the Bonnies with 18 points on 37.7 percent shooting and Andell Cumberbatch is averaging 13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Jaylen Adams is shooting 52.2 percent from beyond the arc and Youssou Ndoye is grabbing 10 rebounds per game. The St. Bonaventure Bonnies are shooting an impressive 70 percent from the free throw line but could use some improvement on their 14 turnovers per game. Defensively is where St. Bonaventure has shown the most growth and the team is averaging more than five blocks per game.
The Purple Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss. The Bonnies are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall. Purple Eagles are 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings and the underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies are off to a solid start at both ends of the floor and the Niagara Purple Eagles haven't shown much life in their first few games. While the Bonnies haven't been great ATS, trusting the Purple Eagles with the way they've been playing is a no go.