Check out our free Canisius vs Niagara pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Niagara Falls. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Canisius vs Niagara Pick & Preview: Friday, February 3rd Betting Odds
Golden Griffins vs Purple Eagles Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Canisius Golden Griffins at Niagara Purple Eagles
- Where: Niagara Falls at Gallagher Center
- Date: Friday, February 3rd
- Betting Odds: Canisius +4.5, CANS +161 | NIAGRA -201 O/U 131.0
Golden Griffins Preview:
Canisius will take the floor against the Purple Eagles with an overall record of 5-15. On the road, the Golden Griffins will be playing their 11th game of the season, having gone 2-9. So far, the Golden Griffins have been the underdog 15 times, going 4-11 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4.5 underdogs on the spread.
Canisius’ leading scorer this season is Tahj Staveskie, who is averaging 11.5 points per contest. So far, Staveskie has accounted for 16.51% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.85 rebounds per game and 2.6 assists. Jordan Henderson is the second leading scorer for the Golden Griffins, averaging 13.88 points per game. Between him and Henderson, they are accounting for 32.4% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Canisius this season, as they are currently ranked 284th in college basketball at 68.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Golden Griffins’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.6%, placing them 440th in the NCAA.
Purple Eagles Preview:
Niagara will take the floor against the Golden Griffins with an overall record of 11-9. Currently, the Purple Eagles have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 7-2. The Purple Eagles’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4.5 points in their favor. For the season, Niagara has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 5-3.
Niagara will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Noah Thomasson who is averaging 18.35 points per game for the Purple Eagles. Thomasson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Purple Eagles’ offensive game plan is the play of Aaron Gray who has hit 43.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.35 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Niagara this season, as they are currently ranked 315th in college basketball at 67.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Purple Eagles’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.5%, placing them 214th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Niagara Purple Eagles -4.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Niagara Purple Eagles to pick up the win and cover the spread as -4.5 point betting favorites. Although Niagara as a team is just 235th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Golden Griffins’ defense. In addition, the Purple Eagles have made bettors money who have taken them to cover at home, as they are 6-4 (last 10). At -4.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Purple Eagles to come out on top and cover.