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Canisius Golden Griffins take on Gaels in NCAA basketball test

Canisius Golden GriffinsIona Gaels
11-6January 17, 2014, 09:00 | Hynes Athletics Center8-7



Iona will look to improve on its 8-7 record on Friday when they host Canisius in NCAA basketball odds action at Hynes Athletics Center.

The Golden Griffins will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 8-6 ATS against the number this season, while the Gaels are 5-9 ATS. Canisius is 7-6 on the totals; Iona is 7-4.

View Canisius Golden Griffins vs Iona Gaels Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Canisius before tip-off in this one found them as 7.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Gaels at No. 109 and the Golden Griffins at No. 29 heading into this contest.

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Iona was an 87-78 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Siena. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites. The Gaels used a 31-point performance from A.J. English to help Iona smack Sienan 87-78 on Sunday at Times Union Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Iona's No. 14-ranked scoring average of 82.8 PPG, against a Golden Griffins defense rated No. 194 and allowing 73.18 PPG. The Gaels FG% has averaged 47.96% to date this season, more than the Golden Griffins shooters have managed so far (44.86% per game).

Next up:
Canisius at Monmouth, Sunday, January 19th
Iona at Siena, Sunday, January 19th

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