NCAA Basketball betting line favors Purple Eagles over Demons
Northwestern State Demons vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds
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.
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.
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
Northwestern State at Stephen F. Austin, Saturday, March 2
Niagara home to Rider, Thursday, February 28