The time is here for more of our sparkling CBB picks, as we look at the schedule for basketball for Friday night. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Niagara Purple Eagles will have it in a nationally televised game, which can be seen on the college basketball TV schedule on ESPNU.
Free College Hoops Picks: Niagara Purple Eagles @ Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Date: Friday, December 21st, 7:00 ET
Location: Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, South Bend, IN
Niagara vs. Notre Dame Live TV: ESPNU
These teams from the Metro Atlantic are all stingy clubs, and Niagara surely is no different this year. The Purple Eagles are going to fly all over the place, as they are averaging game totals right around 149 this year. The trio of guards from last year’s team returns this season, led by G Antoine Mason, G Juan’ya Green, and G Marvin Jordan. These three are all just pure shooters, and they are good for over 45 points per game between them this year. Mason is the truly lethal shooter from the outside, and he is averaging 19.2 points per game. The Purple Eagles also force just a ton of turnovers, getting 7.3 steals per game. They aren’t going to win this game against Notre Dame, as F Jack Cooley should put up a dominating performance against a team that really doesn’t have a big man to counter him. However, if the Irish don’t keep their full focus, they might end up getting a game from the MAAC reps.
Niagara vs. Notre Dame Pick: Niagara Purple Eagles
Niagara vs. Notre Dame Prediction: Notre Dame 88 – Niagara 79