Niagara Purple Eagles host Loyola Greyhounds in college basketball action
Loyola Greyhounds vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds
The Niagara Purple Eagles will try to cover the spread at Gallagher Center on Saturday when they get a visit from the Loyola Greyhounds in NCAA basketball action.
The Greyhounds will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 10-7 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Purple Eagles are 9-8-1 ATS. Loyola is 7-4-1 against the total, while Niagara is 8-6-1 versus the number.
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Purple Eagles installed as 3.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 221 (Purple Eagles) and the No. 116 (Greyhounds) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 72-71 result in favor of the Greyhounds has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Niagara's No. 37-ranked offense, averaging 74.9 PPG, against a Greyhounds defense that ranks No. 79 at 62.1 PPG. The Purple Eagles field goal percentage has averaged 42.7% so far, more than the Greyhounds marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.4% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Loyola owns the country's No. 63-rated mark, allowing 64.4 points per game on the highway. Niagara, on the other hand, rates No. 34 in scoring at home.
Loyola lost its last outing, a 91-79 result against Canisius on January 31. They failed to cover in that game as a 3.5-point underdog. The Greyhounds wasted a 27-point performance from Robert Olson in losing to Canisius 91-79 on Thursday at Koessler Center.
In their last action, Niagara was a 93-90 winner at home against Iona. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. Iona was victimized by Antoine Mason for 30 points as the Purple Eagles defeated the Gaels 93-90 in college hoops action on Thursday.
Loyola Greyhounds Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Siena are 5-5
After playing Canisius are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4
Niagara Purple Eagles Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Rider are 6-4
After playing Iona are 4-6
After a win are 8-2
A few Greyhounds at Purple Eagles trends to consider:
Loyola is 2-13 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Niagara
Niagara is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Niagara is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Niagara is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games when playing at home against Loyola
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Niagara's last 5 games at home
Loyola home to Siena, Friday, February 8
Niagara at Rider, Thursday, February 7