Niagara Purple Eagles host Marist Red Foxes in college basketball action
Marist Red Foxes vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds
The visiting Marist Red Foxes hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Gallagher Center against the Niagara Purple Eagles.
Niagara will face the 4-9 Red Foxes, who own a 3-4 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Purple Eagles are 1-3-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Red Foxes are 2-4 favoring the OVER.
The visitors opened as 11-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 252-ranked Purple Eagles and the No. 290-rated Red Foxes in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 67-63 win for the Purple Eagles on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Niagara's No. 76 nationally ranked offense (73 points per game) against a Red Foxes defense that sits as the No. 235 at 69.2 PPG. The Purple Eagles have been averaging 42.2% from the field, more than the Red Foxes have managed so far this season (39.4% on average).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Marist owns the country's No. 67-rated mark, allowing 63.7 points per game on the highway. Niagara, on the other hand, rates No. 83 in scoring at home.
Marist lost its last outing, an 85-75 result against College of Charleston on December 31. They failed to cover in that game as a 4-point underdog. Marist suffered an 85-75 loss against College of Charleston on Monday, getting 23 points from Chavaughn Lewis in a losing effort at McCann Field House.
Niagara lost its last outing, an 89-67 result against Notre Dame on December 21. They failed to cover in that game as a 16-point underdog. Niagara was crushed on Friday, getting blown out by Notre Dame and falling by an 89-67 score at Joyce Center.
Marist Red Foxes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Canisius are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4
Niagara Purple Eagles Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Fairfield are 6-4
After playing Notre Dame are 1-0
After a loss are 7-3
A few Red Foxes at Purple Eagles trends to consider:
Marist is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Marist is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Niagara
Niagara is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Niagara is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Marist
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Niagara's last 5 games when playing Marist
Niagara is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Marist
Marist at Canisius, Saturday, January 5
Niagara home to Fairfield, Saturday, January 5