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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Bobcats over Purple Eagles

Quinnipiac BobcatsNiagara Purple Eagles
18-8February 22, 2014, 03:00 | Gallagher Center6-22

The Niagara Purple Eagles will try to cover the spread at Gallagher Center on Saturday when they get a visit from the Quinnipiac Bobcats in NCAA basketball action.

The Purple Eagles bring a 6-22 record (12-14-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 18-8 Bobcats, who are 12-7 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Niagara go 13-13 so far and the Bobcats go 13-6.

View Quinnipiac Bobcats vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Niagara in this one found them as 3-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 214-rated Purple Eagles and the No. 47-ranked Bobcats, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Quinnipiac won its last outing, an 88-81 result against Canisius on February 20. They covered in that game as a 6-point underdog. The Golden Griffins were burned for 26 points by Umar Shannon on Thursday as the Bobcats put another game in the win column, 88-81, at Koessler Center.

Last time out for Niagara, they were a 72-66 loser as they battled Fairfield at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point favorite. Niagara got 22 points from Antoine Mason but lost anyway, 72-66, to Fairfield on Thursday at Gallagher Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Niagara has the nation's No. 55-rated offensive output, at 75.75 PPG. The visiting Bobcats defense ranks No. 220 allowing on average 74.96 PPG. The Purple Eagles FG% has averaged 42.45% so far, more than the Bobcats marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.03% per game.

A few Bobcats at Purple Eagles trends to consider:
Quinnipiac is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Quinnipiac is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Quinnipiac's last 9 games
Quinnipiac is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Niagara is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Niagara is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Niagara's last 7 games
Niagara is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Quinnipiac home to Siena, Thursday, February 27th
Niagara at Monmouth, Friday, February 28th