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Monmouth vs. Niagara - 3/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Niagara at Monmouth
Date & Time Thursday March 7, 2019, 10:00 PM (EST)
Location
Times Union Center
Albany, New York
The Line
Monmouth Hawks -2 O/U: 139.5
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The Niagara Purple Eagles and the Monmouth Hawks will match up on the college basketball court Thursday in MAAC Tournament action.

Niagara comes into this matchup at 13-18 on the year. The Eagles are 1-3 in the last four outings, with a win over Canisius among losses to Rider, Saint Peter’s and Siena.

In the OT loss to the Saints, the Eagles’ Marvin Prochet led the team on 21 points with 10 rebounds, and Greg King also doubled up on 10 points with 11 boards. Chris Barton chipped in 16 points with five rebounds for Niagara there as well.

Over on the Monmouth side, they’re 11-20 this season. The Hawks suffered a four-game losing streak versus Rider, Marist, Canisius and Quinnipiac, but managed a win in their last outing versus Manhattan.

In the win over the Jaspers, Monmouth’s lead scorer was Ray Salve with 18 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Deion Hammond was the only other Hawks player in double-figures there with 17 points.

The Purple Eagles are 5-2 ATS in their last seven after an ATS loss and the over is 5-0 in their last five overall. The over is 5-0 in Niagara’s last five versus the MAA and the under is 5-2 in their last seven Thursday games.

Meanwhile, the Hawks are 1-4 ATS in their last five overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five versus the MAA. Monmouth is 2-5 ATS in their last seven neutral-site games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 Thursday games.

The Eagles were pretty even with Siena for most of their last game, but lost the handle in overtime and were outscored 16-9 in that period. It’s encouraging that the Eagles were competitive there, but the 65 points is certainly disappointing.

Also, with Monmouth unable to crack 67 points across any of their last four games, the table is set for a competitive matchup here. This season, Niagara has shown they can play with (and beat) the Hawks, so I’m going to go with the Eagles on a cover here even though I’m not thrilled with either team right now.

Pick:
Niagara Purple Eagles +2

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