Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Mountaineers and Purple Eagles. The game is starting at 2:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Purple Eagles at Gallagher Center in Niagara Falls, NY. Get ready to place your bets! The odds for this Metro Atlantic Athletic conference game currently have Niagara as the -2.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 140.5 points.

MOUNT ST. MARY’S MOUNTAINEERS VS NIAGARA PURPLE EAGLES BETTING PICK

The Pick: Niagara Purple Eagles -2.5

This game will be played at Gallagher Center at 2:00 ET on Sunday, March 3rd.

WHY BET THE NIAGARA PURPLE EAGLES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-68 in favor of the Purple Eagles.
  • Not only will Niagara pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Does Mount St. Mary’s Have A Chance at Gallagher Center?

Mount St. Mary’s has struggled on the road this season, going just 4-13 away from home. They have lost their last three road games, and over their last 10 road games, they are just 2-8.

As the underdog, the Mountaineers have gone 3-11 this season, compared to 9-6 when they are favored. They come into this game with an overall record of 12-17, including an 8-10 mark in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.

Mount St. Mary’s has struggled against the spread this season, going just 11-17-1. Their ATS mark is even worse on the road, where they are just 5-11-1. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Mountaineers have gone just 4-6 vs. the spread.

Mount St. Mary’s games have an over/under record of 17-12 this season, and today’s over/under line of 140.5 is close to the average over/under line in their games (138.9). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 129 points compared to their season average of 142.6 points per game. So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line.

Mount St. Mary’s offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 56 points against Canisius. In that game, they made 6/18 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 40.4%. The team’s scoring leader is Dakota Leffew, who holds an average of 17.4 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Deshayne Montgomery is averaging 12 points per game this season.

At present, the Mountaineers’ defense is nationally ranked 133rd, allowing 70.8 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Mount St. Mary’s’ defense has allowed opponents to shoot 42.7% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 33.5% this season.

Can the Niagara Offense Score Enough at Home?

At home this season, Niagara has gone 4-8, and they are currently on a two-game losing streak at home. Over their last 10 games at home, the Purple Eagles have gone 5-5, and their average scoring margin at home is -3.1 points per game. For the season, Niagara has been favored in 12 games, going 5-7 in those matchups.

So far, Niagara has an overall record of 14-13, and they have gone 10-7 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. Across their last two games, the Purple Eagles have gone 0-2, and they are coming off a 71-61 loss to Rider.

As the favorite this season, Niagara has gone just 5-7 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Purple Eagles have gone 4-6 ATS. At home this season, Niagara is just 4-8 vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Niagara games is 14-11-1, and today’s over/under line of 140.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (139.8). In their last three games, the average scoring total is 134 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 2-8.

Coming off their recent game, the Niagara offense tallied 61 points in a matchup against Rider. Their field goal percentage for the game was 42.1%, and they made 5 threes. Quandre Bullock led the scoring for the Purple Eagles, contributing 15 points. Additionally, Ahmad Henderson II chipped in with 12 points.

The Purple Eagles’ defense is presently ranked 188th nationally, allowing an average of 72.7 points per contest. Against Rider, the Purple Eagles’ defense gave up 71 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Rider only made 8 free-throws.