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Niagara Purple Eagles take on Saints in NCAA basketball test

Niagara Purple EaglesSiena Saints
6-15January 30, 2014, 08:30 | Times Union Center9-12

Siena looks to cover the Saints-Purple Eagles pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 9-12 mark when they host Niagara in college basketball wagering action.

The Saints bring a 9-12 record (11-8 ATS) to this tilt against the 6-15 Purple Eagles, who are 9-10-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Siena go 6-13 so far and the Purple Eagles go 11-8.

View Niagara Purple Eagles vs Siena Saints Odds and Stats.

The Purple Eagles were listed as 7.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Saints at No. 119 and the Purple Eagles at No. 247 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Niagara was an 80-74 winner at home against Marist. They covered the 1.5-point spread as favorites. The Purple Eagles grabbed an 80-74 win over the Red Foxes on Friday, behind a 22-point effort from Antoine Mason at Gallagher Center.

Last time out for Siena, they were a 64-56 winner as they battled Fairfield on the road. They covered in the match as a 1.5-point underdog. The Saints grabbed a 64-56 win over the Stags on Sunday, behind a 19-point effort from Brett Bisping at Webster Bank Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Siena's No. 191-ranked scoring average of 69.1 PPG, against a Purple Eagles defense rated No. 254 and allowing 83.95 PPG. The Saints FG% has averaged 42.62% to date this season, more than the Purple Eagles shooters have managed so far (42.49% per game).

Next up:
Niagara at Marist, Saturday, February 1st
Siena at Quinnipiac, Saturday, February 1st