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College basketball point spread favors Gaels in battle with Red Foxes

Iona GaelsMarist Red Foxes
18-8February 23, 2014, 02:00 | McCann Field House11-16

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on McCann Field House Sunday as host Marist looks to handle the Iona Gaels in NCAA hoops action.

Marist will face the 18-8 Gaels, who own a 12-13 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Red Foxes are 9-15 on the OU so far this season while the Gaels are 14-9.

View Iona Gaels vs Marist Red Foxes Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back visiting Iona before tip-off in this one found them as -5.5-point favorites over at Sportsbook.ag earlier.

The Red Foxes - Gaels odds would favor the Gaels if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Marist is rated No. 123 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Iona is at No. 9.

Iona was an 80-77 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Rider. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites. Iona earned an 80-77 victory over Rider on Friday, getting 20 points from Sean Armand at Alumni Gymnasium.

Marist was a 58-57 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Saint Peter's. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Marist suffered a 58-57 loss against Saint Peter's on Thursday, getting 15 points from Khallid Hart in a losing effort at Yanitelli Center.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Marist's No. 217-ranked offense, averaging 66.63 PPG, against a Gaels defense that ranks No. 248 at 78.04 PPG. The Red Foxes field goal percentage has averaged 40.29% so far, less than the Gaels marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.95% per game.

Next up:
Iona at Manhattan, Friday, February 28th
Marist at Fairfield, Friday, February 28th