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Purple Eagles open as college hoops underdog vs Gaels

Iona GaelsNiagara Purple Eagles
13-8February 07, 2014, 07:00 | Gallagher Center6-17

Iona travels to Niagara on Friday, hoping to boost its 13-8 record with a victory over the Purple Eagles.

The Gaels will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 10-10 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Purple Eagles are 10-11-1 ATS. Iona is 11-6 against the total, while Niagara is 11-10 versus the number.

View Iona Gaels vs Niagara Purple Eagles Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Purple Eagles installed as 7-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 35-rated Iona taking on the No. 249-rated Purple Eagles in this contest.

In their last action, Iona was an 89-71 winner on the road against Monmouth. They covered the 5.5-point spread as favorites. Sean Armand scored 22 points leading the Gaels to an 89-71 victory over Monmouth at Multipurpose Activity Center on Tuesday.

Niagara lost its last outing, a 78-64 result against Marist on February 1. They failed to cover in that game as a 5-point underdog. Niagara got 19 points from Antoine Mason but lost anyway, 78-64, to Marist on Saturday at McCann Field House.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Niagara's No. 0-rated squad against Iona's No. 0-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Niagara rates No. 204 in the country with 5.17 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 3 nationally with 10.38 per match.

Next up:
Iona at Canisius, Sunday, February 9th
Niagara at Manhattan, Sunday, February 9th