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Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Canisius Golden Griffins - 12/6/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Canisius Golden Griffins (3-3) at Niagara Purple Eagles (1-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Gallagher Center)

The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Canisius Golden Griffins travel to the Gallagher Center to face the Niagara Purple Eagles.

The Canisius Golden Griffins are not the offensive threat they were a season ago but it's hard to argue that the defense is far better. The Golden Griffins continued to struggle at the offensive end in a 60-57 victory at Saint Peter's but defense came to the rescue. to snap a three game slide. To put things in perspective the Peacocks did hit at 49% from the floor but did give the ball away 13 times in a slow half court type contest. On the flip side the Golden Griffins sank shots a 45% and had six more looks with just eight giveaways. Phil Valenti tossed in a game high 14 points and grabbed five boards followed by a 12 point, five yank performance by Zach Lewis. Josiah Heath chipped in with ten points and seven pulls while six others scored between 3-5 points.

Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Canisius Golden Griffins - 12/6/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

It wasn't that many years ago that the Niagara Purple Eagles were one of the top teams in the MAAC but not over the past few years. Scoring appears to be a major concern this season and their defense won't win all by their lonesome. That was the case in a 70-57 loss at St John's on Tuesday for defeat number three in a row. An eleven point first half hole was too deep to dig out of especially with the Red Storm making shots at a 49% pace while Niagara was connecting at only 30%. The Purple Eagles poor marksmanship negeated 17 more looks at the basket. Emilie Blackmon pumped in a contest best 21 points but was just 9-21 fro the field with Ramone Snowden adding 13 points and 12 rebounds on 4-11. Nobody on the team approached 50% shooting with nine players taking shots.

The Golden Griffins are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win while going 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic. Canisius are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. Not a game that has an obvious edge which makes it extremely difficult to figure out. I believe Canisius has the advantage but not enough to where I'm betting the house...

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