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Canisius vs. Niagara - 2/27/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Niagara at Canisius
Date & Time Wednesday February 27, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Koessler Athletic Center
Buffalo, NY
The Line
Canisius Golden Griffins -6.5 -- Over/Under: 151
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | Niagara at Canisius
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The Niagara Purple Eagles and the Canisius Golden Griffins meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from the Koessler Athletic Center on Wednesday night.

The Niagara Purple Eagles will look to rebound after back-to-back losses and 6 of their last 7 following a 78-60 loss to Saint Peter’s last time out. Dominic Robb led Niagara with 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds and 3 blocks while James Towns added 14 points and Marvin Prochet chipped in 11 points. Prochet leads Niagara with an average of 15.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game while Towns leads the Purple Eagles in assists with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Niagara is averaging 72.2 points per game on 41.9% shooting from the field, 35.6% from behind the arc and 73.1% from the foul line this season.

The Canisius Golden Griffins will look for some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 4 games following an 87-80 loss to Iona last time out. Takai Molson led the Golden Griffins with 21 points on 9 of 16 shooting with a team-high 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the double-double. Jonathan Banks added 16 points with 4 assists while Jibreel Faulkner added 13 points and Malik Johnson chipped in 12 points with 4 assists to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Canisius in the losing effort. Molson leads Canisius with an average of 16.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while Johnson leads the Golden Griffins in assists with 4.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Canisius is averaging 70.4 points per game on 43.2% shooting from the field, 32.9% from behind the arc and 69.3% from the foul line this season.

Niagara is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 games following a loss. Canisius is 3-11 ATS in their last 14 home games and 24-11-1 ATS in their last 36 conference games while the under is 15-6-1 in their last 22 games following a loss. Niagara is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams and 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams at Canisius.

Canisius has had issues with consistency lately, while Niagara has been consistently losing and you have to think this could be a prime opportunity for Canisius to get some revenge after Niagara beat the Golden Griffins by 8 earlier this season. However, Canisius hasn’t been the kind of team to blow their opponents away, with their last 5 wins coming by 5 points or less. Niagara also has a history of success against the number when it comes to taking on Canisius, so I’d take a stab at Niagara and the points in this one.

Pick:
Niagara +6.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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