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NCAA hoops odds preview - Niagara vs. Saint Peter's

Niagara Purple EaglesSaint Peter's Peacocks
6-24March 02, 2014, 02:00 | Yanitelli Center12-16

Yanitelli Center features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Saint Peter's Peacocks and the visiting Niagara Purple Eagles in college hoops action on Sunday.

This season, the Peacocks are 12-16 overall and 8-13-1 ATS, while the Purple Eagles are 6-24 and 13-15-1 ATS. As for the totals, Saint Peter's boasts a 7-15 on the OU, and Niagara is 13-14.

View Niagara Purple Eagles vs Saint Peter's Peacocks Odds and Stats.

The Purple Eagles were listed as 5.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

The Peacocks sit at No. 230 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Purple Eagles sit at No. 196 on the same chart.

Niagara was a 75-50 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Monmouth. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. Niagara was crushed on Friday, getting blown out by Monmouth and falling by a 75-50 score at Multipurpose Activity Center.

Saint Peter's won its last outing, a 63-62 result against Fairfield on February 25. They failed to cover in that game as a 5-point favorite. The Peacocks grabbed a 63-62 win over the Stags on Tuesday, behind a 16-point effort from Desi Washington at Yanitelli Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Saint Peter's has the nation's No. 242-rated offensive output, at 63.11 PPG. The visiting Purple Eagles defense ranks No. 254 allowing on average 82.43 PPG. The Peacocks FG% has averaged 40.49% so far, less than the Purple Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.37% per game.