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Purple Eagles open as college hoops underdog vs Golden Griffins

Canisius Golden GriffinsNiagara Purple Eagles
16-9February 14, 2014, 09:00 | Gallagher Center6-19


The Niagara Purple Eagles will hit the floor running against the visiting Canisius Golden Griffins Friday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Golden Griffins will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 13-9 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Purple Eagles are 12-11-1 ATS. Canisius is 15-6 against the total, while Niagara is 12-11 versus the number.

View Canisius Golden Griffins vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds and Stats.

The Golden Griffins were listed as -4.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including BetDSI.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 222-rated Purple Eagles and the No. 61-ranked Golden Griffins, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Canisius, they were a 101-91 loser as they battled Iona at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 1.5-point favorite. Canisius was scored on early and very often on Sunday, falling behind early and watching the score soar past the century mark in a 101-91 loss to Iona.

In their last action, Niagara was a 78-77 loser at home against Manhattan. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Antoine Mason was dynamite, scoring 33 points and adding 8 rebounds but Manhattan still won, 78-77, over Niagara on Sunday at Gallagher Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Niagara has the nation's No. 45-rated offensive output, at 76.72 PPG. The visiting Golden Griffins defense ranks No. 218 allowing on average 74.64 PPG. The Purple Eagles FG% has averaged 42.82% so far, less than the Golden Griffins marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.77% per game.

A few Golden Griffins at Purple Eagles trends to consider:
Canisius is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Canisius is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Canisius's last 5 games
Canisius is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
Niagara is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Niagara is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Niagara is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games at home
Niagara is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Canisius at Siena, Sunday, February 16th
Niagara at Manhattan, Sunday, February 16th