Iona favored by 8.5 against Marist on Thursday
Iona Gaels vs Marist Red Foxes Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the Marist vs Iona battle Thursday at McCann Field House as the Red Foxes look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
The Red Foxes are 4-11 so far on the season, and 4-5 ATS vs. the number. The Gaels, meanwhile, are 9-6 and 6-7 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Marist go 3-5 and the Gaels go 6-3 on the totals.
The Gaels were listed as 8.5-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Red Foxes - Gaels odds would favor the Gaels if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Marist is rated No. 310 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Iona is at No. 232. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 78-64 win for the Gaels.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Gaels rank No. 184 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.1 per game. That compares with Marist’s No. 278 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Marist is college basketball's No. 121-ranked team at 6.6 per game, while the Gaels rate No. 3 with 9.5 per game.
Defensively, Iona features the nation's No. 297-rated defense on the road, allowing 77 points per game. Marist, meanwhile, comes in at No. 234 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Iona, they were a 78-70 winner as they battled Manhattan at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 13-point favorite. Lamont Jones went off for 30 points and added 2 rebounds for good measure, leading Iona to a 78-70 win over Manhattan on Sunday at Hynes Athletics Center.
Last time out for Marist, they were a 73-64 loser as they battled Canisius on the road. They covered in the match as a 12.5-point underdog. Marist got 24 points from Chavaughn Lewis but lost anyway, 73-64, to Canisius on Saturday at Koessler Center.
Iona Gaels Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Canisius are 9-1
After playing Manhattan are 7-3
After a win are 4-6
Marist Red Foxes Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Manhattan are 1-9
After playing Canisius are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6
A few Gaels at Red Foxes trends to consider:
Iona is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Iona is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Marist
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Marist's last 13 games when playing Iona
Marist is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
Marist is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Marist is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Iona
Iona home to Canisius, Sunday, January 13
Marist at Manhattan, Sunday, January 13