Canisius Golden Griffins (5-9) vs. Niagara Purple Eagles (6-7)
January 13, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles -6.5 / Canisius Golden Griffins +6.5; Over/Under: +135
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The Canisius Golden Griffins and the Niagara Purple Eagles meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from the Gallagher Center on Thursday night.
The Canisius Golden Griffins come into this game looking to add to their 79-57 win over Quinnipiac last time out. Malek Green leads the Golden Griffins in scoring and rebounding with 15.2 PPG and 6.7 RPG while Armon Harried has 12.9 PPG with 3.9 RPG and 1.9 APG. Hordan Henderson has 10.2 PPG to make up the trio of double-digit scorers for Canisius up to this point in the season. Ahamadou Fofana has a team-high 3.6 APG as well this season. As a team, Canisius is averaging 71.7 PPG on 39.7% shooting from the field, 31.4% from three and 71.3% from the foul line while allowing 73.8 PPG on 46.5% shooting from the field and 28.4% from three this season.
The Niagara Purple Eagles will try to build on a 76-66 win over Quinnipiac in their last game. Marcus Hammond leads the Purple Eagles in scoring with 16.4 PPG, 3.8 RPG and 2.7 APG while Jordan Cintron has 10.2 PPG with 5 RPG to make up the pair of double-digit scorers for Niagara so far this season. Sam Iorio has 7.3 PPG with a team-high 5.8 RPG and Noah Thomasson has a team-high 3 APG to lead the Purple Eagles in assists as well this season. As a team, Niagara is averaging 69.2 PPG on 45.4% shooting from the field, 35.7% from three and 77.3% from the foul line while allowing 65.1 PPG on 41.7% shooting from the field and 31.7% from three this season.
Canisius is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Niagara is 10-2 ATS in their last 12 home games against a team with a losing road record and 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games.
I get why you’d look at the points as this is a conference matchup and the Golden Griffins of Canisius have been winning and covering lately. However, a lot of their success came at home and recent road games haven’t been the most beneficial for the Griffins lately. Niagara is a solid team and I think they do enough to get themselves a win and cover in this one, so I’ll lay the points with the Purple Eagles in this spot.