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Canisius Golden Griffins take on Gaels in NCAA basketball test

Canisius Golden GriffinsIona Gaels
11-6January 17, 2014, 09:00 | Hynes Athletics Center8-7

Iona will look to improve on its 8-7 record on Friday when they host Canisius in NCAA basketball odds action at Hynes Athletics Center.

The Golden Griffins will try to spoil to the party on Friday; they are 8-6 ATS against the number this season, while the Gaels are 5-9 ATS. Canisius is 7-6 on the totals; Iona is 7-4.

View Canisius Golden Griffins vs Iona Gaels Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Canisius before tip-off in this one found them as 7.5-point underdogs over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Gaels at No. 109 and the Golden Griffins at No. 29 heading into this contest.

Iona was an 87-78 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Siena. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites. The Gaels used a 31-point performance from A.J. English to help Iona smack Sienan 87-78 on Sunday at Times Union Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Iona's No. 14-ranked scoring average of 82.8 PPG, against a Golden Griffins defense rated No. 194 and allowing 73.18 PPG. The Gaels FG% has averaged 47.96% to date this season, more than the Golden Griffins shooters have managed so far (44.86% per game).

Next up:
Canisius at Monmouth, Sunday, January 19th
Iona at Siena, Sunday, January 19th