Niagara vs. Saint Peter's - 1/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Saint Peter's Peacocks (8-8) at Niagara Purple Eagles (10-8)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Gallagher Center-NY)
The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles -1.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 See the Latest Odds
We have some MAAC-tion on the college basketball slate on Sunday as the Saint Peter’s Peacocks face off against the Niagara Purple Eagles.
The Saint Peter’s Peacocks will try to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 6 games, including a 70-58 loss to Canisius last time out. Davauhnte Turner led the team with 12 points on 5 of 12 shooting with a pair of threes, while Elijah Gonzalez added 10 points with a team-high 4 assists and a pair of steals as the lone pair of Peacocks to finish in double figures scoring. Samuel Idowu led the team with 7 rebounds, while Cameron Jones added 9 points and a pair of steals of his own. Nick Griffin chipped in 7 points on 3 of 9 shooting but still leads the team in scoring with 14.9 points per game while Turner leads the team in assists with 2.3 assists per game and Quinn Taylor leads the team in rebounding with 6 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Saint Peter’s is scoring 67.6 points per game on 42.3% shooting from the field, 34.3% from behind the arc and 76.1% from the foul line this season.
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The Niagara Purple Eagles will look to add to their current 3 game winning streak following their 78-77 win over Monmouth last time out. Kahlil Dukes led the team with 25 points on 8 of 14 shooting with 3 triples, while James Towns came 2nd with 18 points on 6 of 10 shooting with 4 threes and 3 steals. Matt Scott added 14 points with a share of the team lead with 4 assists, while Dominic Robb rounded out the quartet of double digit scorers for the Purple Eagles in the win with 12 points and 4 blocks. Marvin Prochet added 3 points but also pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds while adding 4 assists and 3 steals in the winning effort. Scott leads Niagara in scoring with 21.7 points per game, while Prochet leads the team in rebounding with 8.7 rebounds per game and Dukes leads the team with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Niagara is scoring 83.7 points per game on 43.3% shooting from the field, 35.9% from behind the arc and 70.6% from the foul line this season.
Saint Peter’s is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a loss and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games overall. Niagara is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games following a win while the over is 11-3 in their last 14 games overall. The road team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Normally I’d want to back the Peacocks because they’ve done extremely well ATS in conference over the last couple of years. However, Niagara is a much better team offensively, and should be able to give the Peacocks defense some trouble, so I’ll lay the bucket with Niagara here.