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Iona Gaels vs. Canisius Golden Griffins Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/9/14

Canisius Golden Griffins (21-11) at Iona Gaels (21-9)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 4:30 pm (MassMutual Center)

The Line: Iona Gaels -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Iona Gaels and the Canisius Golden Griffins face off on Sunday in a MAAC Tournament Semifinal battle.

The Iona Gaels cruised to an easy 94-71 win over Rider on Saturday in their opening round of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament. Iona finished the regular season in first place in the MAAC going 18-3 thus far in conference play and 10-7 in games played away from home. Sean Armand leads Iona averaging 17.8 points per game. A.J. English is averaging 17.3 points, David Laury is averaging 14.2 points and 7.8 rebounds, and Tre Bowman is averaging 13.8 points. Iona is averaging 84.3 points and they are shooting 48.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 77.6 points and their opponents are shooting 45.4 percent. Iona beat Canisius 101-91 on the road in the last meeting of these two.

Iona Gaels vs. Canisius Golden Griffins Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/9/14

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The Canisius Golden Griffins have won three of their last four games including beating Siena 71-65 on Saturday. Canisius is 15-6 in MAAC games and 12-8 in games played away from home. Billy Baron leads the Golden Griffins averaging 24.2 points and 5.2 assists per game. Chris Perez is averaging 12.4 points, Jordan Heath is averaging 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, and Zach Lewis is averaging 9.7 points. Canisius is averaging 77.8 points and they are shooting 45.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 74.5 points and their opponents are shooting 44.8 percent. Canisius finished in third place in the MAAC.

Iona is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games, 4-1 against the spread following a win, and 6-2 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Canisius is 4-1 against the spread in their last five neutral site games, 6-2 against the spread following a win, and 19-7 against the spread in their last 26 games. The underdog is 11-4-1 against the spread in the last 16 meetings of these two.

Iona is just the stronger team and they have shown it all year and this just isn't enough points to take the dog. 

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Iona Gaels -4.5

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