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Norfolk State Spartans take on Gaels in NCAA basketball test

Norfolk State SpartansIona Gaels
Dec 23, 2:00 PM | Hynes Athletics Center

Norfolk State Spartans vs Iona Gaels Odds


The Iona Gaels will hit the floor running against the visiting Norfolk State Spartans Sunday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

The Gaels sport records of 5-5 and 4-5 ATS heading into this battle, while the Spartans have 6-7 and 0-2 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-2 for the Gaels and 0-0 for the Spartans.

View Norfolk State vs Iona Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Gaels - Spartans odds would favor the Spartans if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Iona is rated No. 267 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Norfolk State is at No. 142. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 75-69 win for the Gaels.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Iona's No. 211-rated squad against Norfolk State's No. 149-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Iona rates No. 5 in the country with 9.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 289 nationally with 4.8 per match.

Defensively, Norfolk State features the nation's No. 113-rated defense on the road, allowing 66.6 points per game. Iona, meanwhile, comes in at No. 34 nationally in scoring at home.

Norfolk State lost its last outing, an 84-62 result against North Carolina State on December 15. Norfolk State was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by North Carolina State and falling by an 84-62 score at PNC Arena.

Iona was an 88-74 loser in their most recent outing on the road against La Salle. They failed to cover the 6-point spread as underdogs. The Gaels got a 21-point effort from David Laury, who added 14 rebounds, but La Salle still managed to defeat Ionan 88-74 Thursday at Tom Gola Arena.

Iona Gaels Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Saint Joseph's are 1-1
After a loss are 8-2

A few Spartans at Gaels trends to consider:
Iona is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games at home
Iona is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games

Next up:
Norfolk State at East Carolina, Saturday, December 29
Iona at Saint Joseph's, Friday, December 28