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Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Niagara Purple Eagles - 11/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Niagara Purple Eagles (0-3) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-0)

College Basketball: Sunday, November 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Louis Brown Athletic Center)

The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Big Ten Network

The Niagara Purple Eagles square off with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in college basketball.

The Niagara Purple Eagles have struggled in the early going as witnessed by their 0-3 record. The Purple Eagles let one get away from them in an 82-78, overtime defeat at Hartford Tuesday as a two point underdog. The Hawks won the shooting battle 45%-37.7% but Niagara managed 16 more looks at the basket thanks to a +10 on the glass and fewer turnovers. Matt Scott led the Purple Eagles with 26 points and nine rebounds followed by a 17 point, eight board effort from Dominic Robb while Kahil Dukes and Shane Gatling rounded out the top contributors with eleven points apiece.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Niagara Purple Eagles - 11/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Rutgers Scarlet Knights sit at 3-0 and I wonder if the hot start continues  or fizzles. The Scarlet Knights come off of a 66-59 victory at DePaul as a two point road dog. Both teams sank shots at around 39% with the decisive edge coming at the stripe where Rutgers turned 23 Blue Demons fouls in to a substantial 23-8 advantage. Corey Sanders led the Scarlet Knights with 15 points on 5-12 from the floor with 14 points and nine rebounds coming from Mike Williams on 4-7 accuracy while DeShawn Freeman contributed nine points and another nine rebounds although a bit more help would have gotten Niagara in the win column.

Niagara are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall and the over is 6-2 in Niagara last 8 non-conference games while Niagara are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 Sunday games. The over is 18-4 in Rutgers last 22 overall and the over is 9-2 in Rutgers last 11 home games while the under is 10-3 in Rutgers last 13 non-conference games.

The Scarlet Knights are picked to finish last in the Big Ten and Niagara is slated for the bottom in the MAAC. Not a game I’m rushing to bet…

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