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Niagara Purple Eagles host Monmouth Hawks in college basketball action

Monmouth HawksNiagara Purple Eagles
7-8January 10, 2014, 07:00 | Gallagher Center4-11

The visiting Monmouth Hawks hope to send their backers to the pay window on Friday as they look to cover the spread at Gallagher Center against the Niagara Purple Eagles.

The Purple Eagles sport a record of 4-11 and 7-6-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Hawks have 7-8 and 6-4 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 7-6 for the Purple Eagles and 4-6 for the Hawks.

View Monmouth Hawks vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Niagara in this one found them as -5.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 254-rated Purple Eagles and the No. 239-ranked Hawks, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Monmouth was a 94-77 loser in their most recent outing at home against Quinnipiac. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs. Monmouth suffered a 94-77 loss against Quinnipiac on Saturday, getting 15 points from Justin Robinson in a losing effort at Multipurpose Activity Center.

Niagara lost its last outing, a 118-92 result against Iona on January 4. They failed to cover in that game as a 13-point underdog. Niagara was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Iona and falling by a 118-92 score at Hynes Athletics Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Niagara's No. 39 nationally ranked offense (78.8 points per game) against a Hawks defense that sits as the No. 189 at 72.73 PPG. The Purple Eagles have been averaging 42.31% from the field, more than the Hawks have managed so far this season (40.86% on average).

Next up:
Monmouth at Canisius, Sunday, January 12th
Niagara at Rider, Sunday, January 12th