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Marist vs Niagara Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 15th Betting Odds
Red Foxes vs Purple Eagles Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Marist Red Foxes at Niagara Purple Eagles
- Where: Niagara Falls at Gallagher Center
- Date: Sunday, January 15th
- Betting Odds: Marist +5, MARIST +185 | NIAGRA -229 O/U 122.5
Red Foxes Preview:
The Marist Red Foxes head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 6-9. On the road, the Red Foxes will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 3-4. So far, the Red Foxes have been the underdog 10 times, going 3-7 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +5 underdogs on the spread.
Patrick Gardner comes into today’s game as the Red Foxes’ leading scorer at 17.93 points per contest. Not only has Gardner been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Marist’s top rebounder at 6.8 boards per contest. Behind Gardner, the team has benefited from the strong play of Noah Harris, who is second on the team in scoring at 9.53 points per game. Overall, he has hit 30.3% of his shots and is adding 2.13 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Marist this season, as they are currently ranked 277th in college basketball at 68.8 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 Red Foxes’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.4%, placing them 219th in the NCAA.
Purple Eagles Preview:
The Niagara Purple Eagles head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 9-7. So far this season, Niagara has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Purple Eagles as the -5 point favorites. The Purple Eagles have been favored 6 times, going 4-2 straight up.
Niagara will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Noah Thomasson who is averaging 18.25 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 41.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.88 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 -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 -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 Red Foxes’ defense. At -5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Purple Eagles to come out on top and cover.