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Dayton Flyers vs Iona Gaels Preview

Iona GaelsDayton Flyers
5-3December 19, 2013, 07:00 | Dayton Arena8-2

The Dayton Flyers will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Iona Gaels at Dayton Arena on Thursday in NCAA hoops play.

The Flyers sport a record of 8-2 and 5-2 ATS heading into this battle, while the Gaels have 5-3 and 3-4 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-3 for the Flyers and 2-2 for the Gaels.

View Iona Gaels vs Dayton Flyers Odds and Stats.

The Gaels were listed as 9.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 28-ranked Flyers and the No. 116-rated Gaels in this matchup.

Iona was a 102-89 loser in their most recent outing at home against St. Bonaventure. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as favorites. Sean Armand chucked in a team-high 30 points for Iona on Saturday, but they still came up short in losing 102-89 at Hynes Athletics Center.

Dayton was an 84-58 winner in their most recent outing at home against Central Michigan. They covered the 15.5-point spread as favorites. Dayton cruised to victory on Saturday, running Central Michigan out of the gym and running up an 84-58 score at Dayton Arena.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Dayton's No. 184-rated squad against Iona's No. 195-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Dayton rates No. 117 in the country with 6.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 6 nationally with 9.62 per match.

A few Gaels at Flyers trends to consider:
Iona is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Iona is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
Dayton is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
Dayton is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Iona at Nevada, Sunday, December 22nd
Dayton at USC, Sunday, December 22nd