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Niagara Purple Eagles take on Gaels in NCAA basketball test

Niagara Purple EaglesIona Gaels
4-10January 04, 2014, 02:00 | Hynes Athletics Center5-6

Hynes Athletics Center features an NCAA basketball betting clash between the host Iona Gaels and the visiting Niagara Purple Eagles in college hoops action on Saturday.

The Gaels currently sports a 5-6 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 3-7 ATS. The Purple Eagles are 4-10 and 7-5-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Gaels produce a 4-3 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Purple Eagles have gone 6-6 against the number.

View Niagara Purple Eagles vs Iona Gaels Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Gaels installed as -14-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Gaels rated this week at No. 145 and the Purple Eagles sitting at No. 264.

Last time out for Niagara, they were an 85-83 loser as they battled Rider on the road. They covered in the match as a 6.5-point underdog. Antoine Mason was dynamite, scoring 31 points and adding 4 rebounds but Rider still won, 85-83, over Niagara on Thursday at Alumni Gymnasium.

Last time out for Iona, they were a 90-78 loser as they battled Northern Iowa on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 6-point underdog. The Gaels endured a 90-78 loss at the hands of the Panthers on Saturday, despite a 19-point effort from Ryden Hines at McLeod Center.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Iona's No. 38 nationally ranked offense (79.91 points per game) against a Purple Eagles defense that sits as the No. 253 at 82.93 PPG. The Gaels have been averaging 47.54% from the field, more than the Purple Eagles have managed so far this season (42.04% on average).

A few Purple Eagles at Gaels trends to consider:
Niagara is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Niagara is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games
Niagara is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Niagara is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing Iona
Iona is 0-4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Iona is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
Iona is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Niagara
Iona is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Niagara

Next up:
Niagara home to Monmouth, Friday, January 10th
Iona at Quinnipiac, Monday, January 6th