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Golden Griffins vs Purple Eagles College Hoops Game Preview

Canisius Golden GriffinsNiagara Purple Eagles
March 2, 9:50 PM | MassMutual Center

Canisius Golden Griffins vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds

5-24TEAM RECORD13-18

A key college battle sees the visiting Golden Griffins travelling to Niagara Friday to take on the Purple Eagles on Friday.

This is a conference playoff game in the MAAC Tournament. MassMutual Center is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.

The Purple Eagles are 13-18 so far on the season, and 11-14-1 ATS vs. the number. The Golden Griffins, meanwhile, are 5-24 and 11-15-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Niagara go 11-15 and the Golden Griffins go 14-13 on the totals.

View Canisius vs Niagara Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Purple Eagles are listed as 6.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Purple Eagles sit at No. 277 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Golden Griffins sit at No. 306 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Purple Eagles will win this game 67-61.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Golden Griffins is ranked No. 146 in NCAA hoops at 35 per game. Contrast that with Niagara’s No. 251 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Niagara is the No. 70-ranked team in the country at 7.4 per game, while Canisius rates No. 154 at 6.3 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Canisius owns the country's No. 339-rated mark, allowing 81.9 points per game on the highway. Niagara, on the other hand, rates No. 128 in scoring at home.

Canisius was an 86-75 loser in its last match on the road against Siena. They earned a push of the 11-point spread as underdogs. Harold Washington went off for 27 points and added 3 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Siena handed Canisius an 86-75 defeat at Times Union Center.

Last time out for Niagara, they were an 89-77 loser as they battled Marist on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 2.5-point underdog. Juan'ya Green was dynamite, scoring 30 points and adding 3 rebounds but Marist still won, 89-77, over Niagara on Sunday at McCann Field House.

Canisius Golden Griffins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
After playing Siena are 5-5
After a loss are 1-9

Niagara Purple Eagles Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
After playing Marist are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

A few Golden Griffins at Purple Eagles trends to consider:
Niagara is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games when playing Canisius
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Niagara's last 5 games when playing Canisius
Niagara is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Niagara is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games