Niagara Purple Eagles (12-14) vs. Saint Peter's Peacocks (13-11)
February 27, 2022 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Saint Peter's Peacocks -5.5 / Niagara Purple Eagles +5.5; Over/Under: 127
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The Niagara Purple Eagles will travel to the Yanitelli Center to take on the Saint Peter’s Peacocks this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Niagara Purple Eagles dropped to 12-14 on the season after being defeated by the Rider Broncs, 70-68, this past Friday. Niagara struggled offensively in the 1st half against Rider and couldn’t fight all the way back after the Broncs took a 56-45 lead with 4:51 left in regulation. Niagara shot 47.3% from the field & 33.3% from beyond the arc while allowing Rider to shoot 46.6% from the field & 15.4% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Purple Eagles was Marcus Hammond who had a double-double with 18 points, 11 rebounds, & 4 assists.
On the season, Niagara is averaging 68.1 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Purple Eagles are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Niagara has been led by Marcus Hammond (17.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.8 apg), Noah Thomasson (10.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.7 apg), Jordan Cintron (8.9 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg), & Sam Iorio (8.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, Niagara is allowing their opponents to average 66.8 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Purple Eagles have a rebound margin of -2.0 and a turnover margin of 0.0.
The Saint Peter’s Peacocks improved to 13-11 on the season after defeating the Monmouth Hawks, 70-65, this past Friday. Saint Peter’s led by a 35-28 margin at halftime and the Peacocks pulled away late for the victory after taking a 66-59 lead with 2:05 left in regulation. Saint Peter’s shot 48.1% from the field & 33.3% from beyond the arc while allowing Monmouth to shoot 43.8% from the field & 47.4% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Peacocks was KC Ndefo who had a double-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, & 1 block.
On the season, Saint Peter’s is averaging 67.2 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Peacocks are averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Saint Peter’s has been led by Daryl Banks III (11.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg), KC Ndefo (10.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg, 2.6 bpg), Doug Edert (8.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg), & Fousseyni Drame (7.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.0 apg).
Defensively, Saint Peter’s holding their opponents to an average of 64.8 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Peacocks have a rebound margin of 3.4 and a turnover margin of -0.2.
The Purple Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record & 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games following a straight up loss. The Peacocks are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall & 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games.
Niagara is a decent defensive team and has arguably the best player in the MAAC in Marcus Hammond, however, the Purple Eagles have struggled scoring the basketball this season, ranking just 255th in scoring offense, and have also had issues on the road, as the Purple Eagles have just a 5-9 road record. Saint Peter’s is 7-4 at home and between the face that the Purple Eagles defeated Niagara by a 74-68 (OT) margin on the road earlier this season and that their defense, which ranks 53rd in scoring offense & 44th in defensive FG%, should give Niagara trouble, I’m taking Saint Peter’s to cover this mid-range home spread. Good Luck!