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Marist Red Foxes vs Purple Eagles College Hoops Game Preview

Marist Red FoxesNiagara Purple Eagles
6-12January 24, 2014, 07:00 | Gallagher Center5-15

The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Niagara and Marist on Friday, with the host Purple Eagles trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

This season, the Purple Eagles are 5-15 overall and 8-10-1 ATS, while the Red Foxes are 6-12 and 8-8 ATS. As for the totals, Niagara boasts a 10-8 on the OU, and Marist is 5-10.

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

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Niagara sat as -2.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Purple Eagles - Red Foxes odds would favor the Red Foxes if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Niagara is rated No. 234 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Marist is at No. 165.

Last time out for Marist, they were a 70-63 winner as they battled Saint Peter's at home. They covered in the match as a 4-point favorite. Adam Kemp scored 18 points leading the Red Foxes to a 70-63 victory over Saint Peter's at McCann Field House on Monday.

Niagara was an 87-74 loser in its last match on the road against Canisius. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. Antoine Mason scored 29 points for Niagara on Wednesday, but the Golden Griffins managed an 87-74 victory over the Purple Eagles at Koessler Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Niagara's No. 51 nationally ranked offense (77.3 points per game) against a Red Foxes defense that sits as the No. 150 at 70.33 PPG. The Purple Eagles have been averaging 42.27% from the field, more than the Red Foxes have managed so far this season (38.79% on average).

A few Red Foxes at Purple Eagles trends to consider:
Marist is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Marist is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
Marist is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games
Marist is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Niagara is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Niagara is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Niagara's last 7 games
Niagara is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing Marist

Next up:
Marist at Canisius, Sunday, January 26th
Niagara at Siena, Thursday, January 30th