Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Monmouth Hawks - 12/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Monmouth Hawks (4-3) at Niagara Purple Eagles (3-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Gallagher Center)
The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles +10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Monmouth Hawks will travel to play the Niagara Purple Eagles in a MAAC game on Sunday.
The Niagara Purple Eagles are 3-5 and are coming off of a win against Quinnipiac by a score of 76-72. Niagara led by 5 points at halftime and was able to hang on for the victory. Emile Blackman led Niagara with 20 points and 5 assists. Matt Scott added 20 points for Niagara. Niagara was out rebounded by a total of 35-26 and had 17 assists in their victory. Niagara is averaging 67.1 points per game while giving up 75.4 points per game. Niagara is also averaging 38.6 rebounds per game and 11.1 assists per game. Matt Scott is averaging 17 points per game and 6.9 rebounds per game. Emile Blackman is averaging 14 points per game and 5 rebounds per game. Niagara is shooting 67.9% on free throws, 28.1% on three-pointers, and 40.9% on all field goal attempts.
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The Monmouth Hawks are 4-3 and are coming off of a loss to Canisius by a score of 96-86. The Monmouth defense played horribly in this game, almost giving up 100 points. Justin Robinson had 23 points and 4 rebounds for Monmouth. Je’lon Hornbeak added 18 points and 6 rebounds for Monmouth. Monmouth was out rebounded by a total of 46-39 and had 13 assists in their defeat. Monmouth is averaging 79.8 points per game while giving up 78.3 points per game. Monmouth is also averaging 38.3 rebounds per game and 12 assists per game. Justin Robinson is averaging 24.8 points per game and 3.2 assists per game. Deon Jones is averaging 8.2 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game. Monmouth is shooting 80.3% on free throws, 38.1% on three-pointers, and 41.4% on all field goal attempts.
Monmouth is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games. Monmouth is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against the MAAC. The over is 5-1 in Monmouth’s last 6 road games. Niagara is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games. The over is 4-0 in Niagara’s last 4 games overall. The under is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 meetings.
Niagara plays at a much slower pace than Monmouth, averaging about 12 points per game less than Monmouth. Niagara will have the home court advantage, but Monmouth is the better team. Monmouth will have to play much better defense than their last game, but I think they will get the win here.