Iona favored by 7.5 against Canisius on Sunday
Canisius Golden Griffins vs Iona Gaels Odds
The Iona Gaels will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Canisius Golden Griffins at Hynes Athletics Center on Sunday in NCAA hoops play.
The Gaels currently sports a 10-6 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 6-8 ATS. The Golden Griffins are 10-6 and 6-5 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Gaels produce a 7-3 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Golden Griffins have gone 4-6 against the number.
The Gaels were listed as 7.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Gaels - Golden Griffins odds would favor the Golden Griffins if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Iona is rated No. 232 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Canisius is at No. 178. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 81-78 win for the Gaels.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Golden Griffins is ranked No. 163 in NCAA hoops at 35.6 per game. Contrast that with Iona’s No. 174 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Iona is the No. 3-ranked team in the country at 9.5 per game, while Canisius rates No. 7 at 9.2 per game.
Defensively, Canisius features the nation's No. 232-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.3 points per game. Iona, meanwhile, comes in at No. 18 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Canisius, they were a 57-54 loser as they battled Siena on the road. They failed to cover in the match as an 8-point favorite. Canisius got 13 points from Isaac Sosa but lost anyway, 57-54, to Siena on Friday at Times Union Center.
Iona won its last outing, an 86-82 result against Marist on January 10. They failed to cover in that game as a 9-point favorite. Iona got 26 points from Lamont Jones en route to an 86-82 victory over Marist on Thursday at McCann Field House.
Canisius Golden Griffins Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Manhattan are 3-7
After playing Siena are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5
Iona Gaels Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Fairfield are 6-4
After playing Marist are 5-5
After a win are 4-6
A few Golden Griffins at Gaels trends to consider:
Canisius is 8-2-1 ATS in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Iona
Canisius is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Canisius is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Iona
Iona is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Iona is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Canisius
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Iona's last 5 games
Iona is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Canisius home to Manhattan, Thursday, January 17
Iona home to Fairfield, Friday, January 18