MAAC foes will battle when the Niagara Purple Eagles (6-14, 4-5 MAAC) go head-to-head against the Quinnipiac Bobcats (11-8, 6-3 MAAC) at the Gallagher Center. Action begins at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 2, 2020.
Quinnipiac Bobcats vs. Niagara Purple Eagles Odds Preview
In the Bobcats’ last matchup, they defeated the Canisius Golden Griffins, 90-73. Tyrese Williams was the game’s leading scorer with 26 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Quinnipiac played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.167 (below their season average of 0.243) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 38.1 (above their season average of 27.8). For those same stats, Canisius was 0.063 and 26.5, respectively.
The Purple Eagles are trying to rebound after their 67-48 loss to the Marist Red Foxes in their last matchup. With eight points and five rebounds, Justin Roberts had a solid outing for Niagara. Marist had an offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (above their season average of 26.1). Niagara, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.279 (above their season average of 0.170).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Bobcats won 67-56. The Bobcats dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 40.5 and a free throw rate of 0.203. For those same stats, the Purple Eagles were 7.7 and 0.048, respectively. Marcus Hammond scored a game-high 36 points.
Half-court execution will be critical when a pair of the nation’s slowest-paced teams clash. Niagara ranks 290th in possessions per game (67.1) and Quinnipiac is 280th (67.3).
Quinnipiac at Niagara Odds Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Niagara, ATS Winner – Niagara, O/U – Under
The Purple Eagles rank 103rd in steals per game (6.8) while the Bobcats rank 231st (4.5).
Quinnipiac ranks 88th in blocked shots (3.6 per game) while Niagara ranks 103rd in blocks allowed per game (3.4).
Quinnipiac averages 28.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 12th in the NCAA. Niagara ranks 221st in three pointers allowed per game (24.3).
The Bobcats rank 99th in rebounds per game (36.9) while the Purple Eagles rank 279th (27.6).
Quinnipiac ranks 82nd in assists per game (14.2) while Niagara ranks 260th in assists allowed per game (16.6).
The Purple Eagles’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 6.4, down from 8.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bobcats have scored an average of 68.0 points per game (3.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 72.8 points per game (2.7 above their season average).