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 ) 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