Niagara vs. Monmouth - 2/16/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Niagara vs. Monmouth - 2/16/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Monmouth (14-10) at Niagara (8-16)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Gallagher Center)

The Line: Niagara +2.5 -- Over/Under: 143

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The Monmouth Hawks (14-10, CONF 8-5) and Niagara Purple Eagles (8-16, CONF 6-7) face off in a MAAC showdown at Gallagher Center. The first time the Hawks and Purple Eagles faced off this year, the Hawks came out with a nine-point victory. 

The Hawks are about as middle of the road as it comes for a mid-major in college basketball Monmouth has won two of the last five games, and one of the most impressive wins of the season came in their last game against Canisius. George Papas was the star of that game for Monmouth putting up 32 points in 24 minutes. 

Overall this season the Hawks are averaging only 66.9 points per game on the road, so the offensive outburst in the last game was a key.The Hawks defense also hasn’t been great on the road giving up 74.4 points per game. 

The Niagara Purple Eagles played a tough non-conference schedule and the play as improved a bit in conference play, although they still sit below .500,

Much like the Hawks, Niagara's last game was against Canisius, and they also were able to come away with a win. 

The Purple Eagles scored only 69 points, but the defense stepped up enough, and that led to a victory. Niagara isn’t a great offensive team, and in the last two losses they have scored under 60 points. 

Over the last five games, the Purple Eagles are averaging only 61.8 points while shooting 41.9 percent from the field. 

The offense scored for the Purple Eagles the first game against Monmouth, but the defense gave up 82 points and the defense is going to need to be better if they want any chance in this one. 

The Hawks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. Monmouth is 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings played against the Purple Eagles. The home team is 6-2 in the last eight meetings played between the two squads.

The Hawks are on the road, which is a bit concerning, but they are no doubt the better offensive team in this showdown. The Purple Eagles will struggle to keep up, which is going to lead to a Hawks cover. 

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Shane’s Pick Monmouth -2.5

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