Niagara vs Marist Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/14/24

Marist (17-12) vs Niagara (16-15)

Game Info: Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 6:30 pm (Boardwalk Hall)

Betting Odds: Marist +1.5 -- Over/Under: 130 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Niagara Purple Eagles and the Marist Red Foxes meet Thursday in the college basketball MAAC Tournament Quarterfinals at the Boardwalk Hall. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Niagara vs. Marist prediction.

Niagara Team Preview

The Niagara Purple Eagles come into the conference tournament as the 6-seed, finishing the year at 16-15 overall including an 11-9 mark in MAAC conference play. Braxton Bayless leads the Purple Eagles in scoring with 11.6 PPG with 2.4 APG while Ahmad Henderson II has 11.5 PPG. Harlan Obioha has 10.3 PPG and a team-high 8 RPG, leading Niagara on the glass while capping off the scoring in double figures for Niagara so far this season. Yaw Obeng-Mensah has 9.9 PPG with 4.8 RPG while Luke Bumbalough also has 9 PPG and a team-high 3.5 APG to lead the Purple Eagles in assists. As a team, Niagara is averaging 72.9 PPG on 47% shooting from the field, 36.3% from three and 75.4% from the foul line this season.

Marist Team Preview

The Marist Red Foxes come into the conference tournament as the 3-seed, finishing the year at 17-12 overall including 12-8 in MAAC conference play. Max Allen II leads the Red Foxes in scoring with 11.5 PPG and 3.8 RPG while Josh Pascarelli has 10.9 PPG with 2.9 RPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Marist up to this point in the year. Jadin Collins has 8.6 PPG with a team-high 3 APG and 1.6 SPG to lead the Red Foxes in assists and steals while Jaden Daughtry has a team-high 4.9 RPG to lead Marist on the glass. As a team, Marist is averaging 64.8 PPG on 44.2% shooting from the field, 35.2% from three and 68.8% from the foul line this season.

Niagara vs. Marist Prediction

I’m on Niagara here. The Purple Eagles were an absolute cover machine away from home this season and I trust Niagara’s offense in this game. The Red Foxes are better on the defensive end of the floor, but they have had a tendency to go through droughts and I think the Red Foxes can ill afford to have that happen here. I’ll side with the team that continues to pad my bankroll, and that’s Niagara.

Chris’s Pick Niagara -1.5

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