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MAAC Tournament - Iona Gaels vs Canisius Golden Griffins Betting Matchup Report

Canisius Golden GriffinsIona Gaels
March 9, 4:50 PM | MassMutual Center

Canisius Golden Griffins vs Iona Gaels Odds

18-12TEAM RECORD17-13

The Iona Gaels will hit the floor running against the visiting Canisius Golden Griffins Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

This is a conference playoff game in the MAAC Tournament. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at MassMutual Center.

Iona battles the Golden Griffins, currently sitting with a 18-12 mark (13-12 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 15-9 for the Gaels and 8-16 for the Golden Griffins.

View Canisius vs Iona Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Gaels installed as 1.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 158-rated Canisius taking on the No. 180-rated Gaels in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 80-78 win for the Gaels on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Iona's No. 2-ranked offense, averaging 81.2 PPG, against a Golden Griffins defense that ranks No. 241 at 69.2 PPG. The Gaels field goal percentage has averaged 45.7% so far, more than the Golden Griffins marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.4% per game.

Defensively, Canisius features the nation's No. 243-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.4 points per game. Iona, meanwhile, comes in at No. 2 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Canisius, they were a 65-61 loser as they battled Rider at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 7-point favorite. Canisius got 14 points from Isaac Sosa but lost anyway, 65-61, to Rider on Saturday at Koessler Center.

In their last action, Iona was an 80-61 winner at home against Siena. They covered the 16.5-point spread as favorites. The Gaels grabbed an 80-61 win over the Saints on Sunday, behind a 16-point effort from Lamont Jones at Hynes Athletics Center.

Canisius Golden Griffins Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
After playing Rider are 2-8
After a loss are 8-2

Iona Gaels Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
After playing Siena are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Golden Griffins at Gaels trends to consider:
Iona is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Canisius
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Iona's last 10 games when playing Canisius
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iona's last 6 games
Iona is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games