Niagara vs. Marist - 3/10/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Niagara vs. Marist - 3/10/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Marist Red Foxes (7-22) at Niagara Purple Eagles (11-20)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Boardwalk Hall)

The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles -1 -- Over/Under: 129

TV: ESPN3

The Marist Red Foxes and the Niagara Purple Eagles meet in first round tournament MAAC-tion in a college basketball matchup from the Boardwalk Hall on Tuesday night.

The Marist Red Foxes come in last place, finishing with the #11-seed, finishing the year with a 6-14 mark in conference play as part of their 7-22 overall record this season. Michael Cubbage leads Marist with an average of 9.3 PPG, 6 RPG and 3.3 APG while Matthew Herasme is right behind in 2nd with 9.1 PPG as well as 5.1 RPG this season. As a team, Marist is averaging 60.8 points on 39.1% shooting from the field, 34.7% from 3-point range and 64.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 66 points on 41.9% shooting from the field and 34.2% from 3-point range this season.

The Niagara Purple Eagles come into the tournament as the #6-seed, finishing the year with a 9-11 mark in conference play as part of their 11-20 overall record this season. Marcus Hammond leads Niagara with an average of 14.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG and 2.9 APG while James Towns has 11.4 PPG for the Purple Eagles. As a team, Niagara is averaging 66 points on 43% shooting from the field, 37.2% from behind the 3-point line and 75.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 73 points on 45.6% shooting from the field and 36.1% from behind the arc this season.

Head-to-head, the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I’m honestly not sure what to make of this matchup, and it’s honestly anybody’s guess as to who has the edge in these early tournament matchups. However, while Niagara has been the better offensive teams this season, Marist has beaten up on the Purple Eagles this season, winning both matchups by a combined 41 points. Niagara could have revenge on the brain here as the best way to exact revenge would be knocking Marist out of the tournament, but given what we’ve seen so far this season, I feel more comfortable taking a shot with Marist and the free point even though it feels weird saying that.

Chris’s Pick Marist +1

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.