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Niagara vs. Canisius - 1/30/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Canisius at Niagara
Date & Time Wednesday January 30, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Gallagher Center
Niagara Falls, NY
The Line
Niagara Purple Eagles - 0 -- Over/Under: 151.5
TV Channel
LCTV; https://purpleeagles.com/watch/
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Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The Canisius Golden Griffins will travel to the Gallagher Center to take on the Niagara Purple Eagles this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Canisius Golden Griffins won their 3rd straight game and improved to 8-11 (5-2 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Monmouth Hawks, 80-66, this past Thursday night. Canisius was outstanding on the offensive end against the Hawks and pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 65-47 lead with 8:06 left in regulation. Canisius shot 59.2% from the field & 52.4% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Griffins was Takal Molson who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Canisius is averaging 70.1 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Golden Griffins are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Canisius has been led by Takal Molson (16.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg), Isaiah Reese (12.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 4.6 apg, 1.7 spg), Malik Johnson (8.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.7 spg), and Scott Hitchon (7.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.2 apg).

Defensively, Canisius is allowing their opponents to average 75.8 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Golden Griffins have a rebound margin of -4.6 and a turnover margin of 1.3.

The Niagara Purple Eagles improved to 10-11 (3-5 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Monmouth Hawks, 75-48, this past Saturday. Niagara actually trailed by a 23-22 margin at halftime, however, dominated the Hawks on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and easily pulled away for the blowout victory after closing the final 11:03 of regulation 34-7 run. Niagara shot 43.1% from the field while holding Monmouth to just 34.5% shooting from the field & 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Purple Eagles was Chris Barton who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, & 3 assists.

On the season, Niagara is averaging 72.9 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Purple Eagles are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Niagara has been led by Marvin Prochet (17.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.4 apg), James Towns (12.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.0 apg), Dominic Robb (10.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.0 apg, 2.5 bpg), and Keleaf Tate (8.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.4 apg).

Defensively, Niagara is allowing their opponents to average 75.0 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Purple Eagles have a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of 0.4.

The Golden Griffins are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games vs. MAAC opponents. The Purple Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

Canisius has split their last 10 games, however, haven’t had much success on either end of the floor this season as they come into this game ranked just 260th in scoring offense, 274th in scoring defense, and 306th defensive FG%. Niagara has lost 3 of their last 5 games and currently come into this game ranked 192nd in scoring offense, 262nd in scoring defense, and 284th in defensive FG%.

Canisius has been solid on the road this season, however, I’m a bit worried about their defense agianst a Purple Eagles offense that has put up 81.5 ppg at home this season in conference play. Niagara has won 3 of the 4 matchups agianst the Golden Griffins and I think they’ll be able to do enough to pick up the win in this one. Take Niagara in this Pick-Em.

Pick:
Niagara Purple Eagles - Pick-Em

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