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Iona Gaels vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds
MassMutual Center will host Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Iona Gaels action on Sunday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.
This game is part of the MAAC Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at MassMutual Center.
The Purple Eagles bring a 19-12 record (12-13-2 ATS) to this tilt against the 18-13 Gaels, who are 14-15 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Niagara go 10-12-2 so far and the Gaels go 16-9.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Purple Eagles - Gaels odds would favor the Purple Eagles if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Niagara is rated No. 177 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Iona is at No. 180. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 81-78 win for the Gaels.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Niagara has the nation's No. 35-rated offensive output, at 74 PPG. The visiting Gaels defense ranks No. 336 allowing on average 76.5 PPG. The Purple Eagles FG% has averaged 42.5% so far, less than the Gaels marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.7% per game.
Defensively, Iona features the nation's No. 306-rated defense on the road, allowing 75.5 points per game. Niagara, meanwhile, comes in at No. 39 nationally in scoring at home.
Iona was an 89-85 winner in their most recent outing at home against Canisius. They covered the 3-point spread as favorites. The Gaels used a 33-point performance from Lamont Jones to help Iona smack Canisius 89-85 on Saturday at MassMutual Center.
In their last action, Niagara was a 74-62 winner at home against Siena. They earned a push of the 12-point spread as favorites. The Purple Eagles got 21 points from Antoine Mason as Niagara ran past Siena 74-62 on Saturday at MassMutual Center.