The Niagara Purple Eagles (3-4) will be at home in Gallagher Center when they take on the Buffalo Bulls (2-0). Buffalo opened as a 2.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 167 points. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
Buffalo Bulls at Niagara Purple Eagles Free Preview
The Bulls were victorious over the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in their last matchup, 81-76. CJ Massinburg was the top scorer from either team with 25 points on 8-for-17 shooting. The Bulls had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (39.5 vs. 25.6) and had a better free throw rate (0.246 vs. 0.226).
In the Purple Eagles last game, they topped the Army West Point Black Knights, 77-71. With 25 points on 8-for-21 shooting, Matt Scott was the top scorer from either team. Niagara dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.292 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 10.3 (better than their season average of 12.2). Army West Point was 0.028 and 12.9, respectively, for those same stats.
Buffalo could struggle to create turnovers. Dating back to last season, Niagara ranks 71st in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.3 percent), while Buffalo has forced the 245th-most turnovers (17.9 percent). Moreover, the Bulls, who rank 36th in offensive rebounding percentage (34.4 percent), will attempt to take advantage of the Purple Eagles, who rank 282nd in defensive rebounding percentage (68.7 percent).
The Bulls are 19-15 straight up (SU) and 19-13-1 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Vegas has been fairly accurate when setting the O/U total of Buffalo games since last season with 17 overs compared to 15 unders.
The Purple Eagles, meanwhile, have records of 13-27 SU and 17-20 ATS since last season. Over that same period, games including Niagara have finished over the O/U total 59.5 percent of the time.
The Bulls won the sole contest against the Purple Eagles last season, 76-66. Buffalo had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.600 vs. 0.455). Niagara, on the other hand, did an excellent job of making free throws (16-22; 72.7 percent).
Buffalo Bulls at Niagara Purple Eagles ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Buffalo, ATS Winner – Buffalo, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bulls average 22.8 three pointers per game, which ranks 98th in the nation. The Purple Eagles rank 201st in three pointers allowed per game (22.0).
- Buffalo ranks 209th in steals per game (5.6) while Niagara ranks 226th (5.4).
- Buffalo ranks 10th in rebounds per game (40.6) while Niagara ranks 300th in rebounds allowed per game (38.8).
- The Bulls rank 106th in assists allowed per game (12.6) while the Purple Eagles rank 289th (15.8).
- Buffalo averages 3.9 blocks per game, which ranks 94th in the NCAA. Niagara ranks 228th in blocks allowed per game (4.2).