Last Updated: 2017-11-21
The Niagara Purple Eagles (1-2), 12-point underdogs, will travel to Marriott Center to go head-to-head against the BYU Cougars (2-1). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 159.5 points and it will air on ESPN Full Court at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.
Niagara Purple Eagles at BYU Cougars Betting Odds
Both teams lost in their last outing. The Cougars fell to the UT Arlington Mavericks, 89-75, while the Purple Eagles got blown out by the Massachusetts Minutemen, 101-76.
Niagara did a terrific job of making free throws (18-22; 81.8 percent) while BYU did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (19-22; 86.4 percent). BYU’s Dalton Nixon led the way, contributing 15 points and eight rebounds. Meanwhile, Niagara was lifted by Matt Scott, who contributed 26 points and five rebounds.
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, BYU should have a substantial advantage. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Cougars defense ranks 79th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.481), while the Niagara offense ranks 308th in effective field goal percentage (0.476).
The Purple Eagles have had records of 11-25 straight up (SU) and 14-20 against the spread (ATS) since last season. Niagara games have finished over the O/U total 55.9 percent of the time since last season.
The Cougars have had a solid 24-12 SU record since last season, but have had trouble covering the spread (13-18-2 ATS). Vegas has been fairly accurate when setting the O/U total of BYU games over that same stretch with 18 unders compared to 15 overs.
Niagara Purple Eagles vs. BYU Cougars Betting Pick
Predictions: SU Winner – BYU, ATS Winner – Niagara, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
BYU averages 41.0 rebounds per game, which ranks sixth in the nation. Niagara ranks 294th in rebounds allowed per game (38.9).
The Purple Eagles rank 85th in steals allowed per game (5.7) while the Cougars rank 239th (6.9).
Niagara averages 20.3 three pointers per game, which ranks 200th in the NCAA. BYU ranks 282nd in three pointers allowed per game (24.4).
The Cougars rank 48th in assists per game (15.6) while the Purple Eagles rank 293rd in assists allowed per game (15.8).
BYU ranks 35th in blocks per game (4.8) while Niagara ranks 248th in blocks allowed per game (4.3).