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Niagara vs. Quinnipiac - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Quinnipiac Bobcats (9-15) at Niagara Purple Eagles (15-10)
Date & Time Thursday February 8, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles -8 -- Over/Under: 161
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NCAA BB | Quinnipiac Bobcats (9-15) at Niagara Purple Eagles (15-10)

We have some MAAC-tion on the college basketball schedule on Thursday, as the Quinnipiac Bobcats take on the Niagara Purple Eagles.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats will look to rebound from back-to-back losses, including a 74-59 defeat at the hands of rider in their last outing. Cameron Young led the Bobcats with 18 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 3 assists and a pair of steals, while Jacob Rigoni and Chaise Daniels each added 12 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Bobcats in the loss. Rigoni hit 4 threes with 3 assists and a pair of steals, while Daniels shot 5 of 7 from the floor. Young leads Quinnipiac with an average of 18 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while Rich Kelly leads the Bobcats in assists with 5.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Quinnipiac is scoring 71.8 points per game on 41.7% shooting from the field, 33.9% from behind the arc and 71.3% from the foul line this season.

The Niagara Purple Eagles will try to keep the momentum going after winning 8 of their last 10 games following a 96-91 win over Monmouth in their last outing. Kahlil Dukes led Niagara with a game-high 37 points on 11 of 17 shooting with 5 threes and a perfect 10 of 10 mark from the foul line along with a team-high 4 assists. Matt Scott and Kevin Larkin tied for 2nd with 14 points apiece, with Larkin adding 9 rebounds while Marvin Prochet added 13 points with a pair of blocks to round out the quartet of double digit scorers for Niagara in the win. Greg King also chipped in a team-high 11 boards in the winning effort for the Purple Eagles. Dukes leads Niagara with an average of 21.3 points and 3.3 assists per game while Prochet is the Purple Eagles’ top rebounder with 7.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Niagara is scoring 82.8 points per game on 43.7% shooting from the field, 36.3% from behind the arc and 72.3% from the foul line this season.

Quinnipiac is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference matchups and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games while the over is 18-7 in their last 25 games following a loss. Niagara is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win. The home team is 8-3 ATS in the last 11 meetings between these two teams.

This is a lot of points to give up considering that the Bobcats have done well ATS on the road and are in some pretty good form ATS as of late. However, Niagara is in the better form overall as of late and are in prime position for a double digit win in this one, so I’ll lay the points with the Purple Eagles here.

Niagara -8

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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