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Sam Houston State Bearkats take on Purple Eagles in college basketball test

Sam Houston State BearkatsNiagara Purple Eagles
Nov 23, 4:30 PM | Mercer University Center

Sam Houston State Bearkats vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds


College hoops betting interest focuses on the Niagara vs Sam Houston State battle Wednesday at Mercer University Center as the Purple Eagles look to defend home court and cover the NCAAB point spread.

The game is being played at Mercer University Center, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

The Bearkats will try to spoil to the party on Wednesday; they are 0-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Purple Eagles are 0-2-1 ATS. Sam Houston State is 1-1 on the totals; Niagara is 1-2.

View Sam Houston State vs Niagara Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 180-ranked Purple Eagles and the No. 7-rated Bearkats in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 58-55 win for the Bearkats on Wednesday.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Bearkats rank No. 119 in NCAA Division 1 with 37.8 per game. That compares with Niagara’s No. 180 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Niagara is college basketball's No. 310-ranked team at 4 per game, while the Bearkats rate No. 333 with 3.2 per game.

Defensively, Sam Houston State features the nation's No. 138-rated defense on the road, allowing 67 points per game. Niagara, meanwhile, comes in at No. 6 nationally in scoring at home.

Sam Houston State lost its last outing, a 77-60 result against South Dakota State on November 22. They failed to cover in that game as a 9.5-point underdog. Sam Houston State suffered a 77-60 loss against South Dakota State on Tuesday, getting 14 points from Konner Tucker in a losing effort at Mercer University Center.

Niagara lost its last outing, a 74-55 result against Mercer on November 22. They failed to cover in that game as a 9-point underdog. Antoine Mason scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Purple Eagles to a win (they lost 74-55 to Mercer at Mercer University Center on Tuesday).

Niagara Purple Eagles Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 7-3
Before playing St. Francis PA are 0-2
After a loss are 3-7

A few Bearkats at Purple Eagles trends to consider:
Niagara is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Sam Houston State at Texas, Saturday, November 26
Niagara at St. Francis PA, Monday, November 28