Betting on today’s Purple Eagles and Gaels game? Catch the action at Hynes Athletics Center in New Rochelle, NY, as the Gaels hosts this showdown at 1:00 ET on ESPN+. This Metro Atlantic Athletic conference matchup has an over/under of 141 points, and the Gaels are favored to win at home vs. the Purple Eagles.

NIAGARA PURPLE EAGLES VS IONA GAELS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Niagara Purple Eagles +9.5

This game will be played at Hynes Athletics Center at 1:00 ET on Sunday, January 7th.

WHY BET THE NIAGARA PURPLE EAGLES:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Gaels.
  • Even though we have Iona winning straight-up, we like Niagara at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 141 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Do the Purple Eagles Have What it Takes in New Rochelle?

After starting the season 3-8, the Niagara Purple Eagles have won two straight games and are looking to continue their winning ways on the road against Iona. So far, Niagara is 3-4 on the road this season and have an average scoring margin of -2.1 points per game away from home.

In their last game, the Purple Eagles defeated Manhattan by a score of 81-67. Over their last ten games on the road, Niagara is just 4-6.

As the underdog this season, Niagara has gone 4-2 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Purple Eagles have a mark of 6-4. On the road, Niagara has an ATS record of 6-1 this year, and they have gone 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games.

So far this season, the over/under record for Niagara games is 8-3-1. On average, their games have finished with 145.7 points per game, and today’s over/under line of 141 is lower than the average OU line in their games (136). In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total is 144 points.

In their latest game, Niagara’s offense looked good, scoring 81 points against Manhattan. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 55.8% and made 20/26 free throws. For the season, the Niagara offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 46%. So far, they have hit 50% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 6.2 made three’s per contest.

Currently, the Purple Eagles’ defense holds the 222nd rank in the nation, allowing 74.5 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.8 threes per game vs. Iona. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 31.3%.

Is a Home Win Possible for Iona?

So far this season, Iona has an overall record of 6-8 and a conference record of 1-2. At home, the Gaels are 3-3 and have an average scoring margin of +3.5 points per game.

In their last game, Iona faced off against Saint Peter’s and lost by a score of 69-57. Over their last 10 games at home, the Gaels are 7-3.

When looking at Iona’s ATS record this season, they are currently sitting at .500 with a mark of 7-7. At home, their ATS record is just 2-4 this year and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are just 5-5 vs. the spread. In their last 3 home games, the Gaels have gone 1-2 ATS.

So far this season, the over/under record for Iona games is 6-8, and today’s over/under line of 141 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (145.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 134 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 4-6.

Iona offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 57 points against Saint Peter’s. In that game, they made 8/29 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 33.3%. Osborn Shema led the scoring for the Gaels, contributing 15 points. Additionally, Jean Aranguren chipped in with 12 points.

The Gaels’ defense is presently ranked 141st nationally, allowing an average of 70.8 points per contest. Against Saint Peter’s in their most recent game, the Iona defense gave up a total of 69 points while allowing Saint Peter’s to hit 40% of their shots.