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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Purple Eagles over Demons

Northwestern State DemonsNiagara Purple Eagles
Feb 23, 3:00 PM | Gallagher Center

Northwestern State Demons vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds

19-6TEAM RECORD16-11

The Niagara Purple Eagles host Northwestern State on Saturday, looking to build on their 16-11 mark against the 19-6 Demons in college hoops action at Gallagher Center.

Niagara battles the Demons, currently sitting with a 19-6 mark (0-0 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 9-10-1 for the Purple Eagles and 0-0 for the Demons.

View Northwestern State vs Niagara Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Purple Eagles were listed as 4-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 192-rated Purple Eagles and the No. 51-ranked Demons, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 87-77 result in favor of the Demons.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Niagara has the nation's No. 45-rated offensive output, at 73.7 PPG. The visiting Demons defense ranks No. 306 allowing on average 72.3 PPG. The Purple Eagles FG% has averaged 42.1% so far, less than the Demons marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.2% per game.

Defensively, Northwestern State features the nation's No. 311-rated defense on the road, allowing 76.2 points per game. Niagara, meanwhile, comes in at No. 30 nationally in scoring at home.

Northwestern State was an 82-71 winner in its last match on the road against Texas A&M C.C.. The Demons got 17 points from Jalan West as Northwestern State ran past Texas A&M C.C. 82-71 on Tuesday at American Bank Center.

Niagara was a 60-56 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Manhattan. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. The Purple Eagles got 18 points from Juan'ya Green as Niagara ran past Manhattan 60-56 on Sunday at Draddy Gymnasium.

Niagara Purple Eagles Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Rider are 5-5
After playing Manhattan are 4-6
After a win are 8-2

A few Demons at Purple Eagles trends to consider:
Niagara is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Niagara's last 5 games
Niagara is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Niagara's last 7 games at home

Next up:
Northwestern State at Stephen F. Austin, Saturday, March 2
Niagara home to Rider, Thursday, February 28