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Fairfield Stags take on Gaels in NCAA basketball test

Fairfield StagsIona Gaels
3-12January 10, 2014, 07:00 | Hynes Athletics Center6-7

Fairfield travels to Iona on Friday, hoping to boost its 3-12 record with a victory over the Gaels.

Supporters of the Stags have watched them go 3-12 and 4-6 ATS on the year, while the Gaels are at 6-7 and 4-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Gaels are 5-4, while the Stags have a 5-5 mark.

View Fairfield Stags vs Iona Gaels Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Iona sat as -12.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 95-rated Gaels and the No. 296-ranked Stags, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Last time out for Fairfield, they were a 56-55 loser as they battled Saint Peter's at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 4-point favorite. Justin Jenkins scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Stags to a win (they lost 56-55 to Saint Peter's at Webster Bank Arena on Wednesday).

Iona was an 86-74 loser in its last match on the road against Quinnipiac. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as underdogs. The Gaels wasted a 27-point performance from A.J. English in losing to Quinnipiac 86-74 on Monday at TD Bank Sports Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Iona's No. 17-ranked scoring average of 82.38 PPG, against a Stags defense rated No. 122 and allowing 68.93 PPG. The Gaels FG% has averaged 48.38% to date this season, more than the Stags shooters have managed so far (37.94% per game).

Next up:
Fairfield home to Niagara, Thursday, January 16th
Iona at Siena, Sunday, January 12th