Canisius vs. Niagara - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Niagara Purple Eagles (11-19) at Canisius Golden Griffins (11-19)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Koessler Athletic Center)
The Line: Canisius Golden Griffins -6.5 -- Over/Under: 143 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Niagara Purple Eagles (11-19, 9-10 MAAC) travel to Buffalo, NY to face the Canisius Golden Griffins (11-19, 6-13 MAAC) in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference battle at the Koessler Athletic Center. The last time these teams met on February 12, Canisius lost to Niagara 66-69 as a 2-point road favorite.
Niagara is 5-5 straight up and 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 games. Niagara is just 1-8 straight up and 3-6 against the spread in conference road games this season. On the road, Niagara averages 62.1 points per game and allows 75.5 points per game to opponents, and Niagara has shot 39.8% from the field, 32.9% from 3 and 76.5% from the free-throw line in those games.
Niagara had won 4 of 6 before getting pounded by Siena 55-77 as 11-point road underdogs in their last game. Niagara is ranked 299th by KenPom, with the 196th ranked offense and 340th ranked defense in the country. Niagra is led by Sophomore guard Marcus Hammond, who averages 14.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3 assists per game for the Purple Eagles.
Canisius is 3-7 straight up and 4-5-1 against the spread in their last 10 games. Canisius is just 3-6 both straight up and against the spread in conference home games this season. At home, Canisius has scored 70.8 points per game and surrendered 72.1 points per game to opponents, and Canisius has shot 45.4% from the field, 32.9% from 3 and 76.5% from the free-throw line in those games.
Canisius had lost 6 of its previous 7 games before beating Marist 85-69 as a 1-point road underdog. Canisius is ranked 263rd by KenPom, with the 260th ranked offense and 256th ranked defense in the nation. Canisius is led by Freshman guard Majesty Brandon, who averages 13.9 points, 4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, and Senior guard Malik Johnson, who averages 12.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game for the Golden Griffins.
Niagara is 6-4 straight up and 8-2 against the spread in their last 10 match-ups with Canisius, with 6 of those games going over the betting total. The under is 6-4 in the last 10 games for Niagara and the over is 6-4 in the last 10 for Canisius.
Beating Marist is about as impressive to me as lying down for an afternoon nap, so Canisius didn’t earn much respect for winning their last game. I’ll take Niagara as a slight road underdog in this game, even on Canisius’ Senior Night.