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Fairfield vs. Niagara - 1/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Niagara at Fairfield
Date & Time Monday January 7, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
Bridgeport, CT
The Line
Fairfield Stags -3.5 -- Over/Under: 155.5
TV Channel
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Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Niagara Purple Eagles and the Fairfield Stags meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard on Monday night.

The Niagara Purple Eagles will look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 90-80 loss to Manhattan in their last outing. Dominic Robb led Niagara with 17 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 10 rebounds and 4 blocks for the double-double. Marvin Prochet came 2nd with 15 points with 3 steals and James Towns and Keleaf Tate each had 13 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Niagara in the loss. Towns dished out a team-high 6 assists while Tate went 4 of 9 with 3 threes. Towns leads Niagara with an average of 13.6 points and 4.8 assists per game while Robb leads the Purple Eagles on the glass with 6.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Niagara is averaging 72.4 points per game on 39.8% shooting from the field, 31.6% from behind the 3-point line and 75.3% from the foul line this season.

The Fairfield Stags will also be looking to bounce back from a pair of consecutive losses following a 94-87 road loss to Iona in their last outing. Felix Lemetti led the Stags with 18 points on 6 of 12 shooting from behind the arc with 5 assists while Landon Taliaferro came right behind with 17 points with 5 threes. Jonathan Kasibabu added 14 points and Jesus Cruz added 13 points with 10 rebounds and 4 assists for the double-double. Neftali Alvarez added 12 points with a team-high 7 assists in addition to 6 rebounds to round out the scoring in double figures for Fairfield in the losing effort. Taliaferro leads the Stags in scoring with 14.1 points per game while Kasibabu leads Fairfield in rebounding with 7.3 boards per game and Alvarez leads the Stags in the assist department with 3.8 assists per game this season. As a team, Fairfield is averaging 73 points per game on 44.2% shooting from the field, 39% from behind the 3-point line and 73% from the foul line this season.

Niagara is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games while the over is 10-1 in their last 11 conference games. Fairfield is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. Niagara is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings overall but are also 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Fairfield.

I get that the favorite has had all of the success between these two teams over the last couple of years, covering in each of the last 6 meetings and Fairfield has had a lot of success overall against the Purple Eagles. However, it’s hard for me to lay points at home with a Fairfield team that has yet to win a game at home this season straight up. Niagara has had bumps of their own, but the Purple Eagles have actually won 3 road games already this season including their massive upset of Pitt, and I think Niagara can make it 4 here so I’ll take the points in a game I see Niagara winning outright.

Niagara +3.5

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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