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Niagara Purple Eagles take on Saints in NCAA basketball test

Niagara Purple EaglesSiena Saints
6-15January 30, 2014, 08:30 | Times Union Center9-12



Siena looks to cover the Saints-Purple Eagles pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 9-12 mark when they host Niagara in college basketball wagering action.

The Saints bring a 9-12 record (11-8 ATS) to this tilt against the 6-15 Purple Eagles, who are 9-10-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Siena go 6-13 so far and the Purple Eagles go 11-8.

View Niagara Purple Eagles vs Siena Saints Odds and Stats.

The Purple Eagles were listed as 7.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Saints at No. 119 and the Purple Eagles at No. 247 heading into this contest.

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In their last action, Niagara was an 80-74 winner at home against Marist. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites. The Purple Eagles grabbed an 80-74 win over the Red Foxes on Friday, behind a 22-point effort from Antoine Mason at Gallagher Center.

Last time out for Siena, they were a 64-56 winner as they battled Fairfield on the road. They covered in the match as a 1.5-point underdog. The Saints grabbed a 64-56 win over the Stags on Sunday, behind a 19-point effort from Brett Bisping at Webster Bank Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Siena's No. 191-ranked scoring average of 69.1 PPG, against a Purple Eagles defense rated No. 254 and allowing 83.95 PPG. The Saints FG% has averaged 42.62% to date this season, more than the Purple Eagles shooters have managed so far (42.49% per game).

Next up:
Niagara at Marist, Saturday, February 1st
Siena at Quinnipiac, Saturday, February 1st

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