Marist Red Foxes (14-14) vs. Niagara Purple Eagles (13-15)
March 5, 2022 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles -3 / Marist Red Foxes +3; Over/Under: +131
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The Marist Red Foxes and the Niagara Purple Eagles meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from the Gallagher Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Marist Red Foxes will look to bounce back from a 78-67 loss to Canisius last time out. Jao Ituka leads the Red Foxes in scoring with 15.2 PPG while Ricardo Wright is right behind with 14 PPG and 4 RPG to cap off the pair of double-digit scorers for Marist so far this season. Samkelo Cele has 9.1 PPG and Raheim Sullivan also has 8.2 PPG for Marist on the year. Matt Herasme also has a team-high 4.9 RPG for the Red Foxes as well this season. As a team, Marist is averaging 70 PPG on 44.3% shooting from the field, 34.9% from three and 72.2% from the foul line while allowing 67.3 PPG on 41% shooting from the field and 32.4% from three this season.
The Niagara Purple Eagles will try to build on a 74-52 win over Siena in their last game. Marcus Hammond leads the Purple Eagles in scoring with 17.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG and 2.6 APG while Jordan Cintron has 10.2 PPG with a team-high 5.8 RPG to make up the pair of double-digit scorers for Niagara so far this season as Niagara’s top rebounder. Noah Thomasson has a team-high 3.4 APG to lead the Purple Eagles in assists as well this season. As a team, Niagara is averaging 67.2 PPG on 43.8% shooting from the field, 34.3% from three and 73.4% from the foul line while allowing 66.1 PPG on 41.8% shooting from the field and 32.4% from three this season.
Marist is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games following a loss. Niagara is 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 home games and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 Saturday games while the over is 4-0-1 in their last 5 games following a win.
The points with Marist are tempting as the Red Foxes were on quite a run before falling last time out. With that said, Niagara’s had their ups and downs, but the majority of the ups have come at home which includes wins over Siena and Iona, two of the MAAC’s best. I’ll side with Niagara at home.