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Bet Brown as an underdog over Niagara: College Basketball Picks for January 8th 2013

College Basketball Picks: January 8th 2013
Niagara vs. Brown
Prediction: Brown +5.5
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A non-conference battle from Providence gives us an opportunity to take a long look at the home underdog here on Tuesday.

This is not a very good spot for Niagara as it is coming off two wins over the weekend in conference action to improve to 3-1 on the season in the MAAC. Going forward, the Purple Eagles have two road games this upcoming weekend within the conference so the last thing they need to be doing right now is playing a meaningless non-conference game sandwiched in-between. They are coming off a big win over Fairfield which is one of the conference favorites and the rematch takes place this Sunday which will be another huge game. Overall, Niagara is 6-1 at home but just 1-6 on the highway including 1-5 in true road games. Heading to Brown is far from a daunting challenge but it comes down to focus and I think the Bears will have more of that here. Brown is coming off back-to-back losses on the road to fall to 2-6 outside of Providence. The Bears are a much more respectable 2-2 at home and that includes a win in their last game against Providence. The schedule has been challenging as this is just the second home game for Brown since the end of November. The current runs are playing a factor in this line and while Niagara can make a case for being a favorite, it should be closer to a pickem than what it is now. The Bears fall into a great situation as well as we play on underdogs that are averaging 63 ppg or less going up against teams allowing between 74 and 78 ppg , after playing a game where both teams scored 65 points or less. This situation is 57-23 ATS (71.2 percent) over the last five seasons. Play (530) Brown Bears