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Monmouth Hawks vs Gaels College Hoops Game Preview

Monmouth HawksIona Gaels
10-15February 14, 2014, 07:00 | Hynes Athletics Center16-8


Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Hynes Athletics Center Friday as host Iona looks to handle the Monmouth Hawks in NCAA hoops action.

This season, the Gaels are 16-8 overall and 11-12 ATS, while the Hawks are 10-15 and 10-9-1 ATS. As for the totals, Iona boasts a 13-7 on the OU, and Monmouth is 9-11.

View Monmouth Hawks vs Iona Gaels Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetDSI had set the Gaels as 14.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

The Gaels - Hawks odds would favor the Gaels if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Iona is rated No. 14 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Monmouth is at No. 251.

Last time out for Monmouth, they were a 61-50 loser as they battled Saint Peter's on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point underdog. Monmouth suffered a 61-50 loss against Saint Peter's on Sunday, getting 16 points from Andrew Nicholas in a losing effort at Yanitelli Center.

In their last action, Iona was a 62-59 winner at home against Saint Peter's. They failed to cover the 12-point spread as favorites. Iona earned a 62-59 victory over Saint Peter's on Wednesday, getting 16 points from David Laury at Hynes Athletics Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Iona has the nation's No. 5-rated offensive output, at 83.58 PPG. The visiting Hawks defense ranks No. 196 allowing on average 73.04 PPG. The Gaels FG% has averaged 48.06% so far, more than the Hawks marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.22% per game.

A few Hawks at Gaels trends to consider:
Monmouth is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Monmouth is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Monmouth's last 6 games
Monmouth is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Iona is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
Iona is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Iona's last 11 games
Iona is 14-2 SU in its last 16 games at home

Next up:
Monmouth home to Marist, Sunday, February 16th
Iona at Rider, Friday, February 21st