Niagara vs. Saint Peter's - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Saint Peter's Peacocks (15-11) at Niagara Purple Eagles (9-18)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Gallagher Center)
The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles +4 -- Over/Under: 131.5
The Saint Peter’s Peacocks and the Niagara Purple Eagles meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from the Gallagher Center on Thursday night.
The Saint Peter’s Peacocks will look to hold serve at the top of the MAAC standings, sitting at 12-5 in conference play after a 5th straight win in the form of a 73-54 win over Rider last time out. Doug Edert leads saint Peter’s in scoring with 8.5 PPG while Hassan Drame has a team-high 5.5 RPG and Matthew Lee leads the Peacocks in assists with 2.2 APG. KC Ndefo and Aaron Estrada each have 8 PPG with Ndefo adding 5.3 RPG this season. As a team, Saint Peter’s is averaging 67 points on 41.1% shooting from the field, 35% from 3-point range and 71.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.3 points on 40.2% shooting from the field and 32.7% from 3-point range this season. Saint Peter’s is 5-8 straight up and 10-3 against the spread on the road this season.
The Niagara Purple Eagles will look for a huge win to get out of a logjam in the bottom half of the MAAC, sitting at 7-9 in conference play after a 76-54 loss to Marist last time out. Marcus Hammond leads Niagara with an average of 13.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG and 2.9 APG while James Towns has 11.4 PPG this season. As a team, Niagara is averaging 65.4 points on 42.6% shooting from the field, 35.9% from 3-point range and 74.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 73.1 points on 46% shooting from the field and 36% from 3-point range this season. Niagara is 7-3 straight up and 7-3 against the spread on the road this season.
Points with a home dog can be tempting when they have the numbers that the Purple Eagles have at home this season. However, Saint Peter’s has been strong against the number away from home this season, and the fact remains that the Peacocks are the best team in the MAAC right now. I do think Niagara battles here, but ultimately, Saint Peter’s ends up being too much and gets the win and cover here.