Iona Gaels vs. Niagara Purple Eagles MAAC Men’s Basketball Tournament Betting Preview, Lines, Odds, Insights, and Trends for March 12, 2021

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The No. 9 seed Iona Gaels (10-5) are favored by 5.5 points in the MAAC Tournament semifinals over the No. 5 seed Niagara Purple Eagles (9-10). The teams will hit the court Friday at 6:00 PM ET live on ESPW, with the winner moving closer to a guaranteed spot in the NCAA Tournament bracket.

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Iona vs Niagara Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Iona -5.5 -120 100 132.5 -115 -105 -278 220

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Point Total Insights

  • In Iona games this season, the total exceeded Friday's over/under 10 times (66.7%).
  • 2020-21 Niagara games have had a higher total than Friday's total on eight of 19 occasions (42.1%).
  • The combined points per game average of the two teams, 137.9, is 5.4 points above Friday's over/under.
  • The Gaels score 8.3 more points per game (73.2) than the Purple Eagles give up (64.9).
  • The Purple Eagles' 64.7 points per game are only 2.4 fewer points than the 67.1 the Gaels give up.
  • Head to Head

    Iona vs Niagara (Last 4 Games)
    Date Favorite Spread Total Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Game Type Result
    2/29/2020 Iona -2.5 142.5 N/A N/A Regular Season 100-91
    1/12/2020 Iona -8.5 145.5 -438 +325 Regular Season 70-69
    2/10/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 79-76
    1/11/2019 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Regular Season 95-90

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    Iona Betting Data

  • Iona has been solid against the spread, going 5-3 this season.
  • The Gaels have struggled to cover, going just 1-2 ATS when favored by at least 5.5 points.
  • Iona has more often than not combined with its adversaries to fall short of the over, doing so 0 times in 8 contests (0%).
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    Iona Leaders

    Gaels Leaders
    Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
    Isaiah Ross 10 20.7 4.0 1.4 1.2 0.1 2.9
    Asante Gist 7 11.6 2.0 3.1 0.9 0.0 1.1
    Dylan van Eyck 11 7.1 7.4 2.9 0.6 0.6 0.7

    Niagara Betting Data

  • The Purple Eagles record against the spread is 6-6.
  • When they play as at least 5.5-point underdogs, the Purple Eagles have a record ATS of 1-2.
  • Niagara has combined with its opponents to hit the over in 0% of matchups this year (0 out of 12 opportunities).
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    Niagara Leaders

    Purple Eagles Leaders
    Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
    Kobi Nwandu 10 12.9 3.7 2.6 1.1 0.2 0.8
    Justin Roberts 6 9.0 3.0 0.8 0.7 0.0 2.0
    Greg Kuakumensah 10 6.1 3.7 0.8 0.7 0.8 0.5
    Nicholas Kratholm 10 5.1 2.9 0.5 0.0 0.3 0.0
    Nick MacDonald 10 4.3 1.8 0.5 0.0 0.0 1.3
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