Siena Saints vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds
Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Gallagher Center Thursday as host Niagara looks to handle the Siena Saints in NCAA hoops action.
The Saints will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 4-9 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Purple Eagles are 5-7-1 ATS. Siena is 3-6 against the total, while Niagara is 5-4-1 versus the number.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Niagara sat as 14-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Purple Eagles, most recently No. 221 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Saints, who rate No. 247 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 68-61 victory for the Purple Eagles.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Niagara has the nation's No. 56-rated offensive output, at 74.1 PPG. The visiting Saints defense ranks No. 151 allowing on average 65.1 PPG. The Purple Eagles FG% has averaged 42.6% so far, more than the Saints marksmen have achieved on the year, 38.6% per game.
Defensively, Siena features the nation's No. 116-rated defense on the road, allowing 67.1 points per game. Niagara, meanwhile, comes in at No. 52 nationally in scoring at home.
Siena was a 66-53 winner in its last match at home against Saint Peter's. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites. The Saints grabbed a 66-53 win over the Peacocks on Sunday, behind a 20-point effort from O.D. Anosike at Times Union Center.
Niagara won its last outing, a 67-64 result against Fairfield on January 13. They covered in that game as a 6.5-point underdog. The Purple Eagles grabbed a 67-64 win over the Stags on Sunday, behind a 17-point effort from Antoine Mason at Webster Bank Arena.
Siena Saints Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing Canisius are 5-5
After playing Saint Peter's are 4-6
After a win are 4-6
Niagara Purple Eagles Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Manhattan are 4-6
After playing Fairfield are 3-7
After a win are 3-7
A few Saints at Purple Eagles trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Siena's last 8 games when playing on the road against Niagara
Siena is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Niagara
Siena is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Niagara
Siena is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Niagara is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Niagara's last 7 games when playing Siena
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Niagara's last 6 games
Niagara is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Siena
Siena at Canisius, Saturday, January 19
Niagara home to Manhattan, Saturday, January 19