NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Gaels underdogs vs Hawks at Saint Joseph's

Iona GaelsSaint Joseph's Hawks
Dec 28, 7:00 PM | Hagan Arena

Iona Gaels vs Saint Joseph's Hawks Odds

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The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Saint Joseph's and Iona on Friday, with the host Hawks trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

This season, the Hawks are 5-4 overall and 3-4 ATS ATS, while the Gaels are 6-5 and 4-5 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Saint Joseph's boasts a 2-3 on the OU, and Iona is 3-2.

View Iona vs Saint Josephs Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Gaels were listed as 8.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 240-rated Iona taking on the No. 125-rated Hawks in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 78-76 win for the Hawks on Friday.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Gaels rank No. 177 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.5 per game. That compares with Saint Joseph's’s No. 192 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Saint Joseph's is college basketball's No. 79-ranked team at 7.2 per game, while the Gaels rate No. 5 with 9.4 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Iona owns the country's No. 271-rated mark, allowing 76.7 points per game on the highway. Saint Joseph's, on the other hand, rates No. 243 in scoring at home.

Iona won its last outing, a 100-72 result against Norfolk State on December 23. Iona cruised to victory on Sunday, running Norfolk State out of the gym and running up a 100-72 score at Hynes Athletics Center.

In their last action, Saint Joseph's was a 60-57 loser at home against Fairfield. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as favorites. The Hawks got 19 points from Ronald Roberts, Jr., but it was Fairfield that prevailed in a 60-57 final on Saturday at Hagan Arena.

Iona Gaels Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing St. Bonaventure are 0-2
After playing Norfolk State are 1-1
After a win are 5-5

Saint Joseph's Hawks Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Drexel are 8-2
After playing Fairfield are 4-1
After a loss are 7-3

A few Gaels at Hawks trends to consider:
Iona is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games on the road
Iona is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Iona is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Saint Joseph's is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games at home

Next up:
Iona at St. Bonaventure, Monday, December 31
Saint Joseph's at Drexel, Monday, December 31

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