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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Broncs over Purple Eagles

Niagara Purple EaglesRider Broncs
4-9January 02, 2014, 07:00 | Alumni Gymnasium6-5

Niagara pays a visit to Rider on Thursday, hoping to send the Broncs to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Alumni Gymnasium.

The Purple Eagles will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 6-5-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Broncs are 3-4 ATS. Niagara is 5-6 on the totals; Rider is 7-0.

View Niagara Purple Eagles vs Rider Broncs Odds and Stats.

The Broncs were listed as -9-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Broncs at No. 179 and the Purple Eagles at No. 264 heading into this contest.

Niagara won its last outing, a 68-65 result against Brown on December 29. They covered in that game as a 1.5-point favorite. Antoine Mason poured in a team-high 39 points for Niagara on Sunday, as they defeated Brown 68-65 at Gallagher Center.

Rider was an 89-88 winner in its last match at home against Pennsylvania. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites. The Broncs grabbed an 89-88 win over the Quakers on Sunday, behind an 18 -point effort from Daniel Stewart at Alumni Gymnasium.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Rider's No. 209-rated squad against Niagara's No. 161-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Rider rates No. 42 in the country with 7.91 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 225 nationally with 4.77 per match.

A few Purple Eagles at Broncs trends to consider:
Niagara is 4-11 SU in its last 15 games
Niagara is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Niagara is 2-8 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Rider
Niagara is 1-7 SU in its last 8 games when playing Rider
Rider is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Rider is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
Rider is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Niagara
Rider is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing Niagara

Next up:
Niagara at Iona, Saturday, January 4th
Rider at Siena, Saturday, January 4th