Cornell Big Red vs. Niagara Purple Eagles Free Prediction 12/16/18

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The Cornell Big Red (4-4) will travel to the Gallagher Center to square off against the Niagara Purple Eagles (4-4). The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 16, 2018.

Cornell Big Red at Niagara Purple Eagles ATS Odds

Both teams beat their last opponent. The Purple Eagles defeated the St. Bonaventure Bonnies 80-72, while the Big Red beat the Binghamton Bearcats 86-75.

Cornell dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.431 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.9. For those same stats, Binghamton was 0.091 and 12.8, respectively. Meanwhile, Niagara dominated nearly every stat category in their game. They had a free throw rate of 0.306 and a turnover percentage of 14.1. St. Bonaventure put up marks of 0.029 and 17.8, respectively, for those same stats. Marvin Prochet had a solid performance for Niagara, putting up 20 points and 10 rebounds. Cornell, meanwhile, received a boost from Matt Morgan, who finished with 38 points and 13 rebounds.

The Purple Eagles won the lone contest between these two teams last season, 89-86. The Purple Eagles’ 10.6 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over the Big Red, who had a mark of 13.7.

Niagara should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Dating back to last season, Niagara ranks 16th in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 15.5 percent), while Cornell has forced the 36th-fewest turnovers (16.2 percent).

Cornell at Niagara Betting Pick

Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Niagara, ATS Winner – Niagara, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Cornell ranks 41st in assists per game (15.9) while Niagara ranks 236th in assists allowed per game (15.7).
  • The Purple Eagles average 4.4 blocks per game, which ranks 38th in the country. The Big Red rank 131st in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
  • Cornell averages 23.2 three pointers per game, which ranks 108th in the NCAA. Niagara ranks 161st in three pointers allowed per game (22.9).
  • The Purple Eagles rank 51st in rebounds per game (38.9) while the Big Red rank 211th in rebounds allowed per game (36.9).
  • Niagara ranks 28th in steals allowed per game (5.1) while Cornell ranks 134th (6.5).