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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Saints underdogs vs Gaels at Siena

Iona GaelsSiena Saints
7-7January 12, 2014, 02:00 | Times Union Center7-9

Siena will look to improve on its 7-9 record on Sunday when they host Iona in NCAA basketball odds action at Times Union Center.

The Saints sport a record of 7-9 and 9-5 ATS heading into this battle, while the Gaels have 7-7 and 4-9 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-11 for the Saints and 6-4 for the Gaels.

View Iona Gaels vs Siena Saints Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Saints installed as 3.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Saints - Gaels odds would favor the Gaels if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Siena is rated No. 180 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Iona is at No. 95.

Last time out for Iona, they were an 84-75 winner as they battled Fairfield at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 12-point favorite. Iona got 25 points from A.J. English en route to an 84-75 victory over Fairfield on Friday at Hynes Athletics Center.

Siena won its last outing, a 67-58 result against Marist on January 10. They covered in that game as a 4-point favorite. Siena earned a 67-58 victory over Marist on Friday, getting 17 points from Evan Hymes at Times Union Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Siena's No. 206-ranked scoring average of 68.94 PPG, against a Gaels defense rated No. 250 and allowing 80.43 PPG. The Saints FG% has averaged 42.23% to date this season, less than the Gaels shooters have managed so far (48.19% per game).

A few Gaels at Saints trends to consider:
Iona is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Iona is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Iona's last 8 games
Iona is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Siena is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Siena is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Siena is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Siena is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Iona home to Canisius, Friday, January 17th
Siena at Manhattan, Thursday, January 16th