Niagara Purple Eagles at Pittsburgh Panthers Free Prediction

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A six-game home winning streak hangs in the balance for the Pittsburgh Panthers (7-1) when they meet the Niagara Purple Eagles (2-4) at Petersen Events Center. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, December 3, 2018, and will air on ACC Network.

Niagara Purple Eagles at Pittsburgh Panthers ATS Odds

In their last outing, the Panthers dismantled the Duquesne Dukes, 74-53, while the Purple Eagles were beaten by the Saint Francis U Red Flash, 79-75.

Pittsburgh dominated every facet of the contest. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.368 (above their season average of 0.332) and a turnover percentage of 17.9 (worse than their season average of 15.4). For those same stats, Duquesne was 0.175 and 26.0, respectively. Niagara, on the other hand, did a terrific job of making free throws (17-20; 85.0 percent). Trey McGowens played a pivotal role for Pittsburgh with 14 points. Meanwhile, Niagara received a boost from Dominic Robb, who contributed 22 points and eight rebounds.

Pittsburgh should have the edge on the defensive side of the ball. Dating back to the 2017-18 season, the Panthers rank 81st in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.487), while Niagara is 265th in effective field goal percentage (0.495). It will also be a matchup of opposite styles as the up-tempo Purple Eagles rank 22nd in possessions per game, while the more half-court oriented Panthers rank 323rd.

Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Betting Pick

College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Pittsburgh, ATS Winner – Niagara, O/U – Under

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • Niagara ranks 29th in rebounds per game (38.9) while Pittsburgh ranks 291st (33.0).
  • The Panthers rank 107th in three pointers attempted per game (23.4) while the Purple Eagles rank 200th in three pointers allowed per game (22.6).
  • Pittsburgh ranks 230th in assists per game (12.8) while Niagara ranks 292nd in assists allowed per game (15.7).
  • The Purple Eagles average 4.4 blocks per game, which ranks 40th in the nation. The Panthers rank 248th in blocks allowed per game (4.3).
  • Niagara ranks 23rd in steals allowed per game (5.0) while Pittsburgh ranks 213th (6.7).