Niagara vs. Saint Peter's - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Niagara vs. Saint Peter's - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Saint Peter's (15-11) at Niagara (9-18)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Gallagher Center)

The Line: Niagara +4 -- Over/Under: 131.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Saint Peter’s Peacocks (15-11, CONF 12-5) and Niagara Purple Eagles (9-18, CONF 7-9) face off in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference showdown at the Gallagher Center. Saint Peter’s knocked off Niagara 58-53 earlier this season. 

Saint Peter’s is rolling coming into this game having won nine of the last ten games, and in each of the last five games they have covered the spread. Over the last five games the Peacocks are averaging 73.2 points while the defense is giving up 60.6 points. 

Away from home Saint Peter’s has a 5-8 record and the biggest issue has been the offense that is averaging only 64.5 points per game. 

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Every game it’s a different player stepping up for Saint Peter’s and right now they have eight players averaging at least five points, but no player averages more than 8.5.

Niagara has had all kinds of issues this season and coming into this game they have lost two games in a row and seven of their last ten games. Over the last five games Niagara is averaging 63.6 points while the defense is giving up 69.6 points. 

At home this season the Purple Eagles are averaging 70.3 points per game while the defense is giving 69.1 points. 

Niagara is led by Marcus Hammond who is averaging 13.9 points while shooting 40.7 percent from the field. 

Saint Peter’s is 13-3 against the spread in their last 16 road games. Saint Peter’s is 22-7 against the spread in their last 29 road games. Saint Peter’s is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight games played on Thursday. The under is 10-4-1 in Niagara’s last 15 games overall. 

Saint Peter’s has had a lot of success on the road and they should have no issue in this game. Look for the Peacocks to attack a weak Niagara defense and that will be enough to cover the spread. Even if Niagara's defense was to step up, their offense still will have issues scoring, which will contribute to the easy cover by Saint Peter's

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