Halftime Report

Fortunes may be turning around for Canisius after losing three in a row. They have a bit of a cushion as they currently lead Iona 42-23.

Canisius came into the game with some extra motivation after the defeat they were dealt the last time these two teams faced off. We'll see if they're able to flip the script or if it'll just be more of the same.

Who's Playing

Iona Gaels @ Canisius Golden Griffins

Current Records: Iona 12-10, Canisius 8-14

How To Watch

What to Know

Canisius will be in front of their home fans on Saturday, but a look at the spread shows they might need that home-court advantage. They and the Iona Gaels will face off in a MAAC battle at 1:00 p.m. ET at Koessler Athletic Center. Canisius is staggering into the game hobbled by three consecutive losses, while the Gaels will skip in buoyed by four consecutive wins.

Last Tuesday, the Golden Griffins came up short against the Purple Eagles and fell 69-64.

Meanwhile, it was close, but on Thursday the Gaels sidestepped the Purple Eagles for a 74-71 win. Kudos to the oddsmakers for accurately forecasting both the winner and the close margin.

The Golden Griffins dropped their record down to 8-14 with that defeat, which was their ninth straight on the road. As for the Gaels, they are on a roll lately: they've won six of their last seven contests, which provided a massive bump to their 12-10 record this season.

Saturday's match is shaping up to be a scrappy game: Canisius have been smashing the glass this season, having averaged 37.4 rebounds per game. It's a different story for Iona, though, as they've been averaging only 32.8 rebounds per game. Given Canisius' sizable advantage in that area, the Gaels will need to find a way to close that gap.

Canisius came up short against the Gaels when the teams last played back in January, falling 70-58. Will Canisius have more luck at home instead of on the road?


Iona is a 4.5-point favorite against Canisius, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Gaels as a 3.5-point favorite.

The over/under is set at 147 points.

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Series History

Iona has won all of the games they've played against Canisius in the last 5 years.

  • Jan 19, 2024 - Iona 70 vs. Canisius 58
  • Feb 10, 2023 - Iona 80 vs. Canisius 59
  • Dec 04, 2022 - Iona 90 vs. Canisius 60
  • Feb 25, 2022 - Iona 72 vs. Canisius 65
  • Feb 04, 2022 - Iona 70 vs. Canisius 62
  • Mar 10, 2020 - Iona 70 vs. Canisius 60
  • Feb 27, 2020 - Iona 86 vs. Canisius 65
  • Jan 24, 2020 - Iona 69 vs. Canisius 66
  • Feb 24, 2019 - Iona 87 vs. Canisius 80
  • Jan 13, 2019 - Iona 88 vs. Canisius 70