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Iona favored by 13.5 against Niagara on Sunday

Iona GaelsNiagara Purple Eagles
Dec 4, 2:00 PM | Gallagher Center

Iona Gaels vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds


Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Sunday when the Niagara Purple Eagles try to run the Gaels off the court at Gallagher Center in college hoops action.

The Purple Eagles are 3-4 so far on the season, and 2-2-1 ATS vs. the number. The Gaels, meanwhile, are 5-1 and 2-3 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Niagara go 2-3 and the Gaels go 3-2 on the totals.

View Iona vs Niagara Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Niagara in this one will find them as 13.5-point underdogs.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 243-ranked Purple Eagles and the No. 159-rated Gaels in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 89-72 win for the Gaels on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Niagara has the nation's No. 170-rated offensive output, at 68.4 PPG. The visiting Gaels defense ranks No. 335 allowing on average 80.3 PPG. The Purple Eagles FG% has averaged 42.3% so far, less than the Gaels marksmen have achieved on the year, 48.8% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Iona owns the country's No. 41-rated mark, allowing 60 points per game on the highway. Niagara, on the other hand, rates No. 83 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Iona was a 69-57 winner on the road against Canisius. They failed to cover the 14–point spread as favorites. Iona earned a 69-57 victory over Canisius on Friday, getting 17 points from Jermel Jenkins at Koessler Center.

Niagara was a 79-75 loser in their most recent outing at home against Fairfield. They covered the 7.5–point spread as underdogs. Niagara got 35 points from Juan'ya Green en route to a 79-75 loss at the hands of Niagara on Friday at Gallagher Center.

Iona Gaels Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
After playing Canisius are 3-7
After a win are 8-2

Niagara Purple Eagles Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Buffalo are 6-4
After playing Fairfield are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few Gaels at Purple Eagles trends to consider:
Iona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iona's last 6 games on the road
Iona is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Niagara
Iona is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games when playing on the road against Niagara
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Niagara's last 6 games when playing Iona
Niagara is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games when playing at home against Iona
Niagara is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
Niagara is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
Iona at Denver, Wednesday, December 7
Niagara home to Buffalo, Wednesday, December 7