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Mount St. Mary’s vs Niagara Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Mountaineers vs Purple Eagles Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers at Niagara Purple Eagles
  • Where: Niagara Falls at Gallagher Center
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: Mount St. Mary’s +2.5, MSTM +122 | NIAGRA -148 O/U 122.5

Mountaineers Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Niagara, the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers will be taking the floor for the 14th time this season and have an overall record of 5-8. On the road, the Mountaineers will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 3-5. So far, the Mountaineers have been the underdog 8 times, going 3-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2.5 underdogs on the spread.

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Mount St. Mary’s’ leading scorer this season is Jalen Benjamin who is averaging 15.0 points per contest. So far, Benjamin has accounted for 21.38% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.33 rebounds per game and 4.33 assists. Malik Jefferson is the second leading scorer for the Mountaineers, averaging 10.69 points per game. Between him and Jefferson, they are accounting for 37.9% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Mount St. Mary’s this season, as they are currently ranked 354th in college basketball at 66.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Mountaineers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.4%, placing them 220th in the NCAA.

Purple Eagles Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Mount St. Mary’s, the Niagara Purple Eagles will be taking the floor for the 12th time this season and have an overall record of 6-5. So far this season, Niagara has played 4 games at home, sitting with a record of 4-0. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Purple Eagles as the -2.5 point favorites. The Purple Eagles have been favored 4 times, going 3-1 straight up.

Niagara will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Noah Thomasson who is averaging 17.0 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 gameplan is the play of Aaron Gray who has hit 39.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.64 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 that 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 -2.5

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 -2.5 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 Mountaineers’ defense. At -2.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Purple Eagles to come out on top and cover.

 


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