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Niagara Purple Eagles visit Fairfield Stags in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Niagara Purple EaglesFairfield Stags
4-13January 16, 2014, 08:30 | Webster Bank Arena3-13

The Fairfield Stags will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Niagara Purple Eagles at Webster Bank Arena on Thursday in NCAA hoops play.

Fairfield will face the 4-13 Purple Eagles, who own a 7-8-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Stags are 6-5 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Purple Eagles are 9-6 favoring the OVER.

View Niagara Purple Eagles vs Fairfield Stags Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 5.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The Stags sit at No. 305 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Purple Eagles sit at No. 246 on the same chart.

Last time out for Niagara, they were a 90-78 loser as they battled Rider at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 1-point favorite. Niagara got 26 points from Antoine Mason on the way to a 90-78 loss against Rider on Sunday at Gallagher Center.

Last time out for Fairfield, they were an 84-75 loser as they battled Iona on the road. They covered in the match as a 12-point underdog. Fairfield got 19 points from Maurice Barrow but lost anyway, 84-75, to Iona on Friday at Hynes Athletics Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Fairfield's No. 253-ranked offense, averaging 61.44 PPG, against a Purple Eagles defense that ranks No. 254 at 85.53 PPG. The Stags field goal percentage has averaged 38.74% so far, less than the Purple Eagles marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.87% per game.

Next up:
Niagara at Quinnipiac, Saturday, January 18th
Fairfield at Manhattan, Saturday, January 18th