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Niagara Purple Eagles take on Golden Flashes in NCAA basketball test

Niagara Purple EaglesKent State Golden Flashes
1-3November 23, 2013, 07:30 | Memorial Athletic Center5-1

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Niagara when they take on the Kent State Golden Flashes on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

This season, the Golden Flashes are 5-1 overall and 4-1 ATS, while the Purple Eagles are 1-3 and 2-2 ATS. As for the totals, Kent State boasts a 3-2 on the OU, and Niagara is 4-0.

View Niagara Purple Eagles vs Kent State Golden Flashes Odds and Stats.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 86-rated Niagara taking on the No. 63-rated Golden Flashes in this contest.

Last time out for Niagara, they were a 98-90 loser as they battled Western Carolina on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 1-point underdog. Trey Sumler poured in a team-high 35 points for Western Carolina on Friday, as they defeated Niagara 98-90 at Memorial Athletic Center.

Kent State won its last outing, a 79-78 result against USC Upstate on November 22. They failed to cover in that game as a 6-point favorite. The Golden Flashes grabbed a 79-78 win over the Spartans on Friday, behind a 21-point effort from Devareaux Manley at Memorial Athletic Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Kent State has the nation's No. 102-rated offensive output, at 77.83 PPG. The visiting Purple Eagles defense ranks No. 250 allowing on average 86.25 PPG. The Golden Flashes FG% has averaged 45.07% so far, more than the Purple Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.44% per game.

A few Purple Eagles at Golden Flashes trends to consider:
Niagara is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
Niagara is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Niagara's last 5 games
Niagara is 7-15 ATS in its last 22 games on the road
Kent State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Kent State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Kent State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Niagara at Pennsylvania, Tuesday, November 26th
Kent State at Youngstown State, Wednesday, November 27th