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College Basketball Matchup - Niagara Purple Eagles Bucknell Bison Odds Preview

Bucknell BisonNiagara Purple Eagles
Nov 16, 7:00 PM | Gallagher Center

Bucknell Bison vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds


Niagara looks to cover the Purple Eagles-Bison pointspread on Friday and improve its overall 1-1 mark when they host Bucknell in college basketball wagering action.

This season, the Purple Eagles are 1-1 overall and 0-1 ATS ATS, while the Bison are 2-0 and 1-0 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Niagara boasts a 0-0 on the OU, and Bucknell is 1-0.

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Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 270-ranked Purple Eagles and the No. 53-rated Bison in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 79-73 win for the Bison on Friday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Niagara's No. 38 nationally ranked offense (84.5 points per game) against a Bison defense that sits as the No. 110 at 60.5 PPG. The Purple Eagles have been averaging 44.2% from the field, more than the Bison have managed so far this season (42.1% on average).

Defensively, Bucknell features the nation's No. 180-rated defense on the road, allowing 65 points per game. Niagara, meanwhile, comes in at No. 63 nationally in scoring at home.

Bucknell won its last outing, a 61-56 result against George Mason on November 13. Bucknell got 16 points from Bryson Johnson en route to a 61-56 victory over George Mason on Tuesday at Sojka Pavilion.

Niagara was an 86-69 winner in their most recent outing at home against St. Francis PA. Antoine Mason scored 25 points for Niagara on Tuesday, leading the Purple Eagles to an 86-69 win over St. Francis PA at Gallagher Center.

Niagara Purple Eagles Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
After playing St. Francis PA are 0-3
After a win are 4-6

A few Bison at Purple Eagles trends to consider:
Niagara is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Niagara is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Bucknell

Next up:
Bucknell at New Mexico State, Saturday, November 17
Niagara home to New Mexico State, Sunday, November 18