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Niagara Purple Eagles battle vs Brown Bears highlights college basketball odds menu

Brown BearsNiagara Purple Eagles
6-4December 29, 2013, 02:00 | Gallagher Center3-9

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Niagara vs Brown battle Sunday at Gallagher Center as the Purple Eagles look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Purple Eagles sport a record of 3-9 and 5-5-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Bears have 6-4 and 2-0 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 5-5 for the Purple Eagles and 0-2 for the Bears.

View Brown Bears vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Niagara sat as 0-point over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Purple Eagles - Bears odds would favor the Bears if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Niagara is rated No. 266 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Brown is at No. 107.

Brown was a 58-52 loser in its last match on the road against Northwestern. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. The Bears got 16 points from Sean McGonagill, but it was Northwestern that prevailed in a 58-52 final on Sunday at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Niagara was a 74-72 loser in their most recent outing at home against St. Bonaventure. They covered the 5.5-point spread as underdogs. Niagara got 24 points from Antoine Mason but lost anyway, 74-72, to St. Bonaventure on Saturday at Gallagher Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Niagara has the nation's No. 60-rated offensive output, at 78.25 PPG. The visiting Bears defense ranks No. 102 allowing on average 67.8 PPG. The Purple Eagles FG% has averaged 42.51% so far, less than the Bears marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.95% per game.

Next up:
Brown home to Rhode Island, Thursday, January 2nd
Niagara at Rider, Thursday, January 2nd