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Fairfield Stags vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the Niagara vs Fairfield battle Saturday at Gallagher Center as the Purple Eagles look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
Niagara will face the 10-5 Stags, who own a 6-6-2 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Purple Eagles are 2-3-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Stags are 2-7 favoring the OVER.
Bettors looking to side with Niagara in this one found them as 1.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Purple Eagles at No. 252 and the Stags at No. 269 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 71-67 result in favor of the Stags.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Stags is ranked No. 299 in NCAA hoops at 31.5 per game. Contrast that with Niagara’s No. 162 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Niagara is the No. 53-ranked team in the country at 7.6 per game, while Fairfield rates No. 192 at 6 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Fairfield owns the country's No. 28-rated mark, allowing 60.3 points per game on the highway. Niagara, on the other hand, rates No. 49 in scoring at home.
In their last action, Fairfield was a 66-45 winner on the road against Canisius. They covered the 4-point spread as underdogs. Fairfield cruised to victory on Thursday, running Canisius out of the gym and running up a 66-45 score at Koessler Center.
Niagara was a 94-72 winner in its last match at home against Marist. They covered the 10.5-point spread as favorites. Niagara cruised to victory on Thursday, running Marist out of the gym and running up a 94-72 score at Gallagher Center.
Fairfield Stags Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 9-1
Before playing Loyola are 6-4
After playing Canisius are 7-3
After a win are 5-5
Niagara Purple Eagles Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Brown are 1-0
After playing Marist are 7-3
After a win are 3-7
A few Stags at Purple Eagles trends to consider:
Fairfield is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Fairfield's last 9 games when playing on the road against Niagara
Fairfield is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games when playing on the road against Niagara
Fairfield is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Niagara
Niagara is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Niagara's last 9 games when playing at home against Fairfield
Niagara is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games when playing at home against Fairfield
Niagara is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Fairfield at Loyola, Friday, January 11
Niagara at Brown, Tuesday, January 8