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Niagara Purple Eagles vs Catamounts College Hoops Game Preview

Niagara Purple EaglesWestern Carolina Catamounts
1-2November 22, 2013, 05:00 | Memorial Athletic Center2-3

The Niagara Purple Eagles will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Catamounts in Western Carolina at Memorial Athletic Center on Friday in college basketball action.

Western Carolina battles the Purple Eagles, currently sitting with a 1-2 mark (2-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 1-2 for the Catamounts and 3-0 for the Purple Eagles.

View Niagara Purple Eagles vs Western Carolina Catamounts Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Catamounts in this one found them listed as 0-point earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Friday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Purple Eagles was expected to move the line.

This game puts the Catamounts, most recently No. 171 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Purple Eagles, who rate No. 86 in the latest survey.

Niagara was an 83-74 loser in its last match at home against USC Upstate. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. USC Upstate got 26 points from Torrey Craig en route to an 83-74 victory over Niagara on Thursday at Memorial Athletic Center.

In their last action, Western Carolina was a 72-59 loser on the road against Kent State. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. Western Carolina suffered a 72-59 loss against Kent State on Thursday, getting 17 points from Tawaski King in a losing effort at Memorial Athletic Center.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Western Carolina's No. 173-rated squad against Niagara's No. 88-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Western Carolina rates No. 120 in the country with 6 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 237 nationally with 3.67 per match.

Next up:
Niagara at Kent State, Saturday, November 23rd
Western Carolina at Usc Spartanburg, Saturday, November 23rd