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Iona favored by -3.5 against Fairfield on Sunday

Iona GaelsFairfield Stags
4-2December 08, 2013, 01:30 | Webster Bank Arena1-7

The Fairfield Stags will be trying to slam the Iona Gaels on Sunday when the teams tip off at Webster Bank Arena in college betting action.

The Stags bring a 1-7 record (3-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 4-2 Gaels, who are 2-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Fairfield go 2-2 so far and the Gaels go 0-2.

View Iona Gaels vs Fairfield Stags Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Fairfield sat as 3.5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Stags at No. 224 and the Gaels at No. 74 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Iona was an 83-74 winner at home against Marist. They failed to cover the 17-point spread as favorites. Iona got 26 points from Sean Armand en route to an 83-74 victory over Marist on Wednesday at Hynes Athletics Center.

Fairfield lost its last outing, an 83-79 result against Quinnipiac on December 6. They covered in that game as a 7.5-point underdog. Marcus Gilbert was dynamite, scoring 31 points and adding 2 rebounds but Quinnipiac still won, 83-79, over Fairfield on Friday at TD Bank Sports Center.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Gaels is ranked No. 192 in NCAA hoops at 34.33 per game. Contrast that with Fairfield’s No. 138 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Fairfield is the No. 163-ranked team in the country at 5.62 per game, while Iona rates No. 2 at 10.5 per game.

Next up:
Iona home to St. Bonaventure, Saturday, December 14th
Fairfield at Belmont, Wednesday, December 11th