The Grambling State Tigers (2-2) square off with the Niagara Purple Eagles (2-1) in the at Gallagher Center. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, November 23, 2018.
Grambling State Tigers vs. Niagara Purple Eagles ATS Odds
Both teams were victorious in their last game. The Purple Eagles defeated the Wyoming Cowboys 72-67, while the Tigers easily got past the Champion Baptist College Tigers 99-58.
Grambling State played a nearly flawless matchup. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.250 (above their season average of 0.200) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.4 (above their season average of 29.2). For those same stats, Champion Baptist College had marks of 0.062 and 15.2, respectively. Meanwhile, Niagara’s turnover percentage was their largest strength over Wyoming. The Purple Eagles had a rate of 13.2, while the Cowboys posted a mark of 18.0. Marvin Prochet had a solid performance for Niagara, recording 23 points and 12 rebounds. Grambling State, meanwhile, received a boost from Dallas Polk-Hilliard, who contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds.
There should be a fair amount of transition action in this battle that features a pair of the nation’s more fast-breaking teams. Niagara ranks 22nd in possessions per game (74.2) and Grambling State is 20th (74.3) dating back to last season. Moreover, the Tigers have been among the NCAA’s elite at getting to the line, ranking 32nd in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.285). The Purple Eagles, however, rank 57th at keeping opponents off the charity stripe with an opponents’ FTA rate of 0.200.
Grambling State vs. Niagara Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Grambling State, ATS Winner – Grambling State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2017-Present):
- Grambling State ranks 21st in rebounds per game (39.3) while Niagara ranks 308th in rebounds allowed per game (39.0).
- The Purple Eagles rank 126th in three pointers attempted per game (23.1) while the Tigers rank 336th (15.1).
- Grambling State ranks 115th in assists allowed per game (12.7) while Niagara ranks 302nd (15.9).
- The Tigers rank 27th in steals per game (7.7) while the Purple Eagles rank 263rd (5.1).
- Niagara ranks 39th in blocks per game (4.5) while Grambling State ranks 253rd in blocks allowed per game (4.3).