Iona Gaels home to Rutgers Scarlet Knights in NCAA Basketball betting action
Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Iona Gaels Odds
The Iona Gaels will be trying to slam the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday when the teams tip off at Madison Square Garden in college betting action.
This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Madison Square Garden.
The Gaels sport records of 3-3 and 3-3 ATS heading into this battle, while the Scarlet Knights have 4-2 and 2-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 0-2 for the Gaels and 1-0 for the Scarlet Knights.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Gaels - Scarlet Knights odds would favor the Scarlet Knights if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Iona is rated No. 321 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Rutgers is at No. 159. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 79-78 win for the Gaels.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Iona's No. 25-ranked offense, averaging 79.5 PPG, against a Scarlet Knights defense that ranks No. 216 at 68.2 PPG. The Gaels field goal percentage has averaged 45.5% so far, less than the Scarlet Knights marksmen have achieved on the year, 46.7% per game.
Defensively, Rutgers features the nation's No. 184-rated defense on the road, allowing 70.7 points per game. Iona, meanwhile, comes in at No. 41 nationally in scoring at home.
Rutgers was an 80-67 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Mississippi. They failed to cover the 9.5-point spread as underdogs. Myles Mack scored 15 points in a futile effort to lead the Scarlet Knights to a win (they lost 80-67 to Mississippi at Tad Smith Coliseum on Saturday).
Iona lost its last outing, a 64-62 result against Saint Peter's on December 5. They failed to cover in that game as an 8.5-point favorite. Iona got 19 points from Sean Armand but lost anyway, 64-62, to Saint Peter's on Wednesday at Yanitelli Center.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6
Iona Gaels Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
After playing Saint Peter's are 6-4
After a loss are 9-1
A few Scarlet Knights at Gaels trends to consider:
Iona is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games
Rutgers home to George Washington, Tuesday, December 11
Iona at Georgia, Saturday, December 15