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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Purple Eagles underdogs vs Red Wolves at Arkansas State

Niagara Purple EaglesArkansas State Red Wolves
1-6December 02, 2013, 08:05 | ASU Convocation Center4-2

The Arkansas State Red Wolves will try to cover the spread at ASU Convocation Center on Monday when they get a visit from the Niagara Purple Eagles in NCAA basketball action.

The Red Wolves are 4-2 so far on the season, and 0-3 ATS vs. the number. The Purple Eagles, meanwhile, are 1-6 and 3-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Arkansas State go 2-1 and the Purple Eagles go 5-0 on the totals.

View Niagara Purple Eagles vs Arkansas State Red Wolves Odds and Stats.

Arkansas State opened as -7.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

This game puts the Red Wolves, most recently No. 108 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Purple Eagles, who rate No. 201 in the latest survey.

Niagara was a 107-100 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Northwestern State. Antoine Mason chucked in a team-high 33 points for Niagara on Saturday, but they still came up short in losing 107-100 at Prather Coliseum.

Last time out for Arkansas State, they were a 95-89 winner as they battled Lamar on the road. Arkansas State got 26 points from Melvin Johnson III en route to a 95-89 victory over Lamar on Saturday at Montagne Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Arkansas State's No. 102-ranked scoring average of 77.5 PPG, against a Purple Eagles defense rated No. 254 and allowing 91.29 PPG. The Red Wolves FG% has averaged 44.38% to date this season, more than the Purple Eagles shooters have managed so far (43.26% per game).

Next up:
Niagara home to Siena, Friday, December 6th
Arkansas State at Nebraska, Saturday, December 14th