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NCAA hoops odds preview - St. Bonaventure vs. Niagara

St. Bonaventure BonniesNiagara Purple Eagles
7-4December 21, 2013, 05:00 | Gallagher Center3-8

Gallagher Center will host Niagara Purple Eagles vs. St. Bonaventure Bonnies action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Bonnies will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 5-4 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Purple Eagles are 4-5-1 ATS. St. Bonaventure is 4-4 against the total, while Niagara is 5-4 versus the number.

View St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Purple Eagles installed as 3.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 256-ranked Purple Eagles and the No. 74-rated Bonnies in this matchup.

Last time out for St. Bonaventure, they were a 77-62 loser as they battled Wake Forest on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 5.5-point underdog. The Bonnies got 19 points from Andell Cumberbatch, but it was Wake Forest that prevailed in a 77-62 final on Tuesday at Joel Coliseum.

Last time out for Niagara, they were an 83-72 winner as they battled Davidson at home. They covered in the match as a 6-point underdog. The Purple Eagles grabbed an 83-72 win over the Wildcats on Wednesday, behind a 21-point effort from Antoine Mason at Gallagher Center.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Niagara's No. 148-rated squad against St. Bonaventure's No. 100-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Niagara rates No. 228 in the country with 4.55 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 249 nationally with 3.91 per match.

A few Bonnies at Purple Eagles trends to consider:
St. Bonaventure is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
St. Bonaventure is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
St. Bonaventure is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Niagara
St. Bonaventure is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing Niagara
Niagara is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games
Niagara is 2-3-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
Niagara is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
Niagara is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing St. Bonaventure

Next up:
St. Bonaventure home to Delaware, Monday, December 30th
Niagara at Brown, Sunday, December 29th