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Valparaiso Iona Betting Preview

Iona GaelsValparaiso Crusaders
March 16, 8:00 PM | Athletics-Recreation Center

Iona Gaels vs Valparaiso Crusaders Odds

22-11TEAM RECORD23-11

CIT Tournament betting interest focuses on the Valparaiso vs Iona battle Wednesday at Athletics-Recreation Center as the Crusaders look to defend home court and cover the slight 1-point NCAAB point spread.

The Crusaders are 23-11 so far on the season, while the Gaels are 22-11. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Valparaiso go 16-10 and the Gaels go 15-11 on the totals, both trending towards the OVER. The total is 145.5 at betED ($10,000 Bracket Pickem Special) as of today.

View Iona vs Valparaiso Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Crusaders, most recently No. 64 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Gaels, who rate No. 74 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 82-78 victory for the Gaels.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Valparaiso's No. 67-ranked offense, averaging 73.1 PPG, against a Gaels defense that ranks No. 216 at 69.2 PPG. The Crusaders field goal percentage has averaged 47.5% so far, more than the Gaels marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.4% per game.

Defensively, Iona features the nation's No. 232-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.1 points per game. Valparaiso, meanwhile, comes in at No. 117 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Iona, they were a 62-57 loser as they battled Saint Peter's. They failed to cover in the match as a 9-point favorite.

In their last action, Valparaiso was a 70-63 loser on the road against Wisc-Milwaukee. They failed to cover the 1.5–point spread as underdogs. Brandon Wood scored 24 points in a futile effort to lead the Crusaders to a win (they lost 70-63 to Wisc-Milwaukee at U.S. Cellular Arena on Saturday).

Iona Gaels Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
After playing Saint Peter's are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

Valparaiso Crusaders Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
After playing Wisc-Milwaukee are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

A few Gaels at Crusaders trends to consider:
Iona is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Iona's last 7 games on the road
Valparaiso is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Valparaiso's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Valparaiso's last 13 games
Valparaiso is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games