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Saint Peter's vs. Marist - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Marist Red Foxes (5-19) at Saint Peter's Peacocks (9-14)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Yanitelli Center)

The Line: Saint Peter's Peacocks -9.5 -- Over/Under: 130 See the Latest Odds

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The Marist Red Foxes will travel to the Yanitelli Center to take on the Saint Peter’s Peacocks this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Marist Red Foxes lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 5-19 (3-9 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Ion Gaels, 98-64, this past Sunday. Marist didn’t put up much of a fight in this match and allowed the Gales to pull away early after Iona took a 48-22 lead with 3:39 left in regulation. Marist shot just 38.5% from the field and 25.9% (7-27) from beyond the arc while allowing Iona to shoot 53.7% from the field. Leading the way for the Red Foxes was Brian Parker who had 20 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, Marist is averaging 72.5 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Red Foxes are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Marist has been led by Brian Parker (18.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.8 apg), David Knudsen (11.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.1 spg), Ryan Funk (10.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg), and Aleksandar Dozic (7.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.9 apg). Defensively, Marist is allowing their opponents to average 81.4 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Red Foxes have a rebound margin of -3.3 and a turnover margin of -5.3.

Saint Peter's vs. Marist - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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 The Saint Peter’s Peacocks dropped to 9-14 (3-9 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Canisius Golden Griffins, 73-58, this past Sunday. Saint Peter’s struggled from beyond the arc in this one and couldn’t fight back after trailing by a 42-30 margin at halftime. Saint Peter’s shot just 41.5% from the field and 20.0% (4-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Peacocks was Mamadou Ndiaye who had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block. On the season, Saint Peter’s is averaging 66.3 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Peacocks are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Saint Peter’s has been led by Nick Griffin (13.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.3 apg), Davauhnte Turner (11.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Sam Idowu (10.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 bpg), and Quinn Taylor (7.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.9 apg). Defensively, Saint Peter’s is holding their opponents to an average of 67.4 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Peacocks have a rebound margin of -2.8 and a turnover margin of 2.2.

The Red Foxes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Peacocks are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 16-6 ATS in their last 22 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record.

Marist had lost 12 of their last 15 games and have really struggled on the defensive end of the ball this season as the Red Foxes currently rank just 333rd in scoring defense, 252nd in defensive FG%, 302nd in rebound margin, and 346th in turnover margin. Saint Peter’s has been disappointing this season as although the Peacocks have a great defense that ranks 61st in scoring defense and 59th in defensive FG%, Saint Peter’s hasn’t been able to get anything going on the offensive end as they currently rank just 322nd in scoring offense. It’s hard to trust Saint Peter’s and their offense to cover a large spread however, the Peacocks have won the last 4 matchups against Marist by an average of 14.5 ppg and as I think Saint Peter’s offense will find some success against the Red Foxes defense, I’m taking Saint Peter’s to cover this spread. 

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