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Bonnies open as college hoops underdog vs Gaels

St. Bonaventure BonniesIona Gaels
6-3December 14, 2013, 02:00 | Hynes Athletics Center4-2

The Iona Gaels will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the St. Bonaventure Bonnies at Hynes Athletics Center on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

Iona will face the 6-3 Bonnies, who own a 4-3 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Gaels are 0-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bonnies are 3-3 favoring the OVER.

View St. Bonaventure Bonnies vs Iona Gaels Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Iona Gaels as -8-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Gaels rated this week at No. 98 and the Bonnies sitting at No. 73.

In their last action, St. Bonaventure was a 78-73 loser on the road against Buffalo. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. St. Bonaventure suffered a 78-73 loss against Buffalo on Saturday, getting 17 points from Charlon Kloof in a losing effort at Alumni Arena.

In their last action, Iona was an 83-72 winner on the road against Fairfield. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Sean Armand scored 28 points for Iona on Sunday, leading the Gaels to an 83-72 win over Fairfield at Webster Bank Arena.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Iona's No. 174-rated squad against St. Bonaventure's No. 113-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Iona rates No. 6 in the country with 9.57 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 253 nationally with 3.33 per match.

A few Bonnies at Gaels trends to consider:
St. Bonaventure is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
St. Bonaventure is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Iona is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Iona is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Iona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
St. Bonaventure at Wake Forest, Tuesday, December 17th
Iona at Dayton, Thursday, December 19th