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Niagara Purple Eagles vs Hawks College Hoops Game Preview

Niagara Purple EaglesMonmouth Hawks
6-23February 28, 2014, 07:00 | Multipurpose Activity Center10-19

The Monmouth Hawks hope to be lousy hosts on Friday as the Niagara Purple Eagles pay a visit to Multipurpose Activity Center on the college basketball betting menu.

The Hawks are 10-19 so far on the season, and 10-13-1 ATS vs. the number. The Purple Eagles, meanwhile, are 6-23 and 13-14-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Monmouth go 10-14 and the Purple Eagles go 13-13 on the totals.

View Niagara Purple Eagles vs Monmouth Hawks Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Niagara before tip-off in this one found them as 3-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Hawks rated this week at No. 298 and the Purple Eagles sitting at No. 196.

Niagara was a 90-88 loser in its last match at home against Quinnipiac. They covered the 4.5-point spread as underdogs. Antoine Mason chucked in a team-high 31 points for Niagara on Saturday, but they still came up short in losing 90-88 at Gallagher Center.

Monmouth was a 61-51 loser in their most recent outing at home against Saint Peter's. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as favorites. The Hawks got 18 points from Josh James, but it was Saint Peter's that prevailed in a 61-51 final on Saturday at Multipurpose Activity Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Monmouth's No. 170-ranked scoring average of 69.62 PPG, against a Purple Eagles defense rated No. 254 and allowing 82.69 PPG. The Hawks FG% has averaged 41.77% to date this season, less than the Purple Eagles shooters have managed so far (42.64% per game).

A few Purple Eagles at Hawks trends to consider:
Niagara is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Niagara is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Niagara is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Niagara's last 6 games on the road
Monmouth is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
Monmouth is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Monmouth's last 6 games
Monmouth is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Niagara at Saint Peter's, Sunday, March 2nd
Monmouth at Siena, Sunday, March 2nd