Niagara Purple Eagles vs St. Peter's Peacocks Prediction, 12/11/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Niagara Purple Eagles vs St. Peter's Peacocks
Date: Friday, December 11, 2020
Location: Yanitelli Center in Jersey City, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Niagara (+8)
The St. Peter's Peacocks (2-2) play the Niagara Purple Eagles (0-1) at Yanitelli Center on Friday. The odds on this matchup have St. Peter's as 8-point favorites. The O/U opens at 135.
Niagara heads into this contest with a win-loss mark of 0-1 for the campaign. They are averaging 45 pts per game (314th in the country) while connecting on 27.7% from the field. The Purple Eagles are connecting on 16.7% on shots from downtown (6 of 36) and 50.0% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Niagara is pulling in 32 rebounds per game and has totaled 14 assists on the season, which is 298th in Division 1 in terms of passing. They turn it over 17 times per game and as a unit they commit 16 fouls per contest. On the defensive end, the Purple Eagles are forcing their opponents into 17 turnovers per game and they draw 10 personal fouls. The Purple Eagles defense is giving up a FG percentage of 45.0% (27 of 60) and they relinquish 51 rebounds per game as a group. They are 19th in college basketball in giving up assists with 15 conceded on the year. They are conceding 21.7% on 3-point shots and they are 228th in the nation in points per game allowed (75).
The Niagara Purple Eagles stepped onto the hardwood against the Syracuse Orange and went home with a loss by a final score of 75-45 in their last contest. Niagara wrapped up the contest with a 27.7% FG percentage (18 out of 65) and made 6 out of their 36 3-point shots. At the free throw line, the Purple Eagles knocked down 3 of 6 tries for a percentage of 50.0%. In the matter of getting rebounds, they earned 28 with 9 of them being of the offensive sort. They also doled out 14 assists in the game while earning 7 steals and 2 blocked shots. When talking about defense, Niagara allowed the other team to go 27.7% from the field on 18 out of 65. Syracuse totaled 15 assists and 11 steals for the matchup. In addition, the Orange grabbed 47 rebounds (10 offensive, 37 defensive) and earned 2 blocks. Syracuse finished 76.2% when shooting free throws by knocking down 16 of their 21 tries. They knocked down 5 of their 23 shots from three-point range.
Marcus Hammond is a player who was a contributor for the matchup. He walked away with 8 points on 3 out of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 31 mins and snagged 10 rebounds. Hammond ended up going 23.1% from the floor and dished out 3 dimes. One more player that had an impact in this game for the Purple Eagles was Nicholas Kratholm. He snagged 2 rebounds and also tallied 2 dimes. He finished the game shooting 66.7% from the floor for the contest by shooting 4-of-6 (8 points). Overall, Kratholm was on the court for 25 minutes.
St. Peter's has a win-loss record of 2-2 on the year. On the offensive side of the ball, the Peacocks are shooting 42.3% from the floor, which ranks 253rd in the country. St. Peter's has totaled 276 pts on the season (69.0 per game) and they collect 34.5 rebounds per game. They are dishing out assists 16.5 times per contest (64th in the country) and they cough up possession 14.5 times per game. The Peacocks commit 23.5 fouls every game and they shoot 63.0% from the free throw line. The Peacocks on defense are ranked 186th in Division 1 in points allowed per contest with 71.3. The St. Peter's defense gives up 37.2% on shots from beyond the arc (32 of 86) and opponents are converting on 62.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They have surrendered 15.0 dimes and 40.0 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 239th and 256th in those categories. They have forced 17.0 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 43.9% from the field (195th in college hoops).
For their last game, the St. Peter's Peacocks took a defeat with a final score of 90-57 against the Maryland Terrapins. The Peacocks were able to pull down 19 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds for a total of 29 for this contest. They blocked 4 shots while earning 9 steals in the matchup. The Terrapins committed 19 fouls in this matchup which took the Peacocks to the charity stripe for 19 tries. They were able to convert 9 of those for a percentage of 47.4%. In relation to shooting from beyond the arc, St. Peter's knocked down 8 of their 27 tries (29.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Peacocks finished the game shooting 20 for 62 from the floor which had them at 32.3%. The Peacocks permitted the Terrapins to make 26 of 50 attempts from the floor which had them shooting 52.0% for this game. They shot 39.1% from beyond the perimeter by shooting 9 of 23 and walked away from this one shooting 29 out of 45 from the free throw line (64.4%). When discussing cleaning up the glass, St. Peter's allowed Maryland to grab 44 in total (13 offensive).
Darryl Banks ended up being a factor for the Peacocks for this contest. He made 4 of 10 in the game giving him a rate of 40.0%, which had him finishing with 11 points. Banks collected 2 rebounds in his 30 mins played and tallied 2 assists for the game. One more player who saw a lot of court time for St. Peter's was KC Ndefo. He ended up walking away with 9 points in 25 minutes on the hardwood by going 4 of 8 from the floor for the game. Ndefo ended the game having shot 50.0% from the floor while also totaling 2 dimes and 3 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Niagara (+8)
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