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NCAA hoops odds preview - Niagara vs. Rider

Niagara Purple EaglesRider Broncs
Feb 7, 7:30 PM | Alumni Gymnasium

Niagara Purple Eagles vs Rider Broncs Odds

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A key college battle sees the visiting Niagara Purple Eagles travelling to Rider Thursday to take on the Broncs.

The Purple Eagles will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 9-9-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Broncs are 12-10 ATS. Niagara is 9-6-1 on the totals; Rider is 6-12.

View Niagara vs Rider Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Broncs installed as 1-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Broncs - Purple Eagles odds would favor the Broncs if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Rider is rated No. 164 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Niagara is at No. 205. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 71-69 win for the Purple Eagles.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Rider's No. 260 nationally ranked offense (63.8 points per game) against a Purple Eagles defense that sits as the No. 312 at 73.4 PPG. The Broncs have been averaging 42.8% from the field, more than the Purple Eagles have managed so far this season (42.7% on average).

Defensively, Niagara features the nation's No. 273-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.1 points per game. Rider, meanwhile, comes in at No. 332 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Niagara, they were an 89-87 loser as they battled Loyola at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point favorite. The Purple Eagles endured an 89-87 loss at the hands of the Greyhounds on Saturday, despite a 23-point effort from Juan'ya Green at Gallagher Center.

Last time out for Rider, they were a 64-58 winner as they battled Marist on the road. They covered in the match as a 2.5-point favorite. Rider earned a 64-58 victory over Marist on Sunday, getting 23 points from Jonathon Thompson at McCann Field House.

Niagara Purple Eagles Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Canisius are 5-5
After playing Loyola are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2

Rider Broncs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Iona are 5-5
After playing Marist are 4-6
After a win are 6-4

A few Purple Eagles at Broncs trends to consider:
Niagara is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Niagara's last 6 games on the road
Niagara is 6-13 SU in its last 19 games on the road
Niagara is 5-11 ATS in its last 16 games on the road
Rider is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Niagara
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Rider's last 7 games
Rider is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Niagara
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rider's last 5 games at home

Next up:
Niagara home to Canisius, Sunday, February 10
Rider at Iona, Saturday, February 9