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MAAC Tournament - NCAA hoops odds preview - Niagara vs. Marist

Niagara Purple EaglesMarist Red Foxes
6-25March 06, 2014, 10:00 | MassMutual Center12-18

Niagara travels to Marist on Thursday, hoping to boost its 6-25 record with a victory over the Red Foxes.

The Red Foxes bring a 12-18 record (14-14 ATS) to this tilt against the 6-25 Purple Eagles, who are 14-15-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Marist go 12-15 so far and the Purple Eagles go 13-15.

View Niagara Purple Eagles vs Marist Red Foxes Odds and Stats.

The Red Foxes were listed as -3-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 88-rated Red Foxes and the No. 258-ranked Purple Eagles, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Niagara, they were a 71-67 loser as they battled Saint Peter's on the road. They covered in the match as a 5.5-point underdog. The Purple Eagles endured a 71-67 loss at the hands of the Peacocks on Sunday, despite a 20-point effort from Antoine Mason at Yanitelli Center.

Marist was a 103-72 winner in their most recent outing at home against Quinnipiac. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. Marist cruised to victory on Sunday, running Quinnipiac out of the gym and running up a 103-72 score at McCann Field House.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Marist's No. 167-rated squad against Niagara's No. 155-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Marist rates No. 107 in the country with 6.47 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 211 nationally with 5.06 per match.

A few Purple Eagles at Red Foxes trends to consider:
Niagara is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Niagara is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Niagara is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing Marist
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Niagara's last 9 games when playing Marist
Marist is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Marist's last 5 games
Marist is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing Niagara
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Marist's last 9 games when playing Niagara