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Niagara favored by -4.5 against Fairfield on Thursday

Fairfield StagsNiagara Purple Eagles
5-22February 20, 2014, 07:00 | Gallagher Center6-21

Niagara looks to cover the Purple Eagles-Stags pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 6-21 mark when they host Fairfield in college basketball wagering action.

The Purple Eagles sit at 6-21 (12-13-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Stags are currently 5-22 (11-11 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Niagara is 13-12 OU, and Fairfield is 11-11 OU.

View Fairfield Stags vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Niagara Purple Eagles as -4.5-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 214-rated Purple Eagles and the No. 222-ranked Stags, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Fairfield lost its last outing, a 71-62 result against Rider on February 15. They failed to cover in that game as a 1-point underdog. Fairfield suffered a 71-62 loss against Rider on Saturday, getting 22 points from Maurice Barrow in a losing effort at Webster Bank Arena.

Niagara was a 90-72 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Manhattan. They failed to cover the 14-point spread as underdogs. Niagara got 19 points from Marcus Ware but lost anyway, 90-72, to Manhattan on Sunday at Draddy Gymnasium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Niagara's No. 49-ranked offense, averaging 76.11 PPG, against a Stags defense that ranks No. 129 at 69.7 PPG. The Purple Eagles field goal percentage has averaged 42.47% so far, more than the Stags marksmen have achieved on the year, 39.36% per game.

A few Stags at Purple Eagles trends to consider:
Fairfield is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Fairfield's last 6 games
Fairfield is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Fairfield is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Niagara is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Niagara's last 6 games
Niagara is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Niagara is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Fairfield at Canisius, Saturday, February 22nd
Niagara at Quinnipiac, Saturday, February 22nd