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Iona Fairfield Betting – Stags Try To Maintain Firm Grip On MAAC Lead This Friday

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The Fairfield Stags were so close to making the NCAA Tournament last season. This year, they’re taking care of business in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

NCAA basketball betting
: Iona Gaels @ Fairfield Stags
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Why To Bet On Iona

Super Bowl betting experts know that if you keep knocking on the door and give yourself a chance to win, Lady Fortune will normally reward you at some point. It’s true that the Buffalo Bills and the Minnesota Vikings never won a Super Bowl in four appearances, but for other teams, victory finally arrived after multiple failures in the Big Game. The Denver Broncos lost their first four Super Bowls but finally broke through in Super Bowl XXXII against the Green Bay Packers in 1998. The New England Patriots lost two Super Bowls but then stunned the St. Louis Rams to win Super Bowl XXXVI and begin a dynasty. Teams can rally and overcome heartbreaks to bust into the winner’s circle.

This is the challenge facing Iona on Friday night in Fairfield, Connecticut. The Gaels and coach Tim Cluess are 7-4 in the MAAC this season, but they could just as easily be 10-1 and tied with Fairfield atop the league standings. Iona has lost its last three league games by a combined total of seven points, losing twice by two points and then dropping a three-point decision to Loyola-Maryland in overtime. The Gaels have lost nine games this season, but only one has been by a margin of more than six points. This team has been right there with a chance to win in 21 of its 22 contests this season. It’s just a matter of time before the close games begin to break in Iona’s favor once again. The laws of averages suggest as much.

Why To Bet On Fairfield

The sports betting world knows that while odds can even out, it is also true that superior teams with superior players prevail in big games. This is an important contest for Fairfield because Iona was tied with the Stags for first in the MAAC just two weeks ago. Iona knows that if it can go on the road and win inside The Arena at Harbor Yard, it will send a strong message in advance of the MAAC Tournament in early March. Fairfield needs to take a stand, and coach Ed Cooley’s team has the player who can deny the visiting Gaels a season-changing upset.

Derek Needham is a wondrously gifted and creative player. The star for the Stags averages 14 points and carries the bulk of the workload for Fairfield, but he also averages five assists per game and keeps everyone on the floor involved. Needham is a coach’s dream, a star player with top-shelf skills who still insists on playing a blended game and not getting too intoxicated with stats. Needham is the biggest reason why Fairfield should like its chances.

How The Game Will Play Out

The online betting perspective in this game is that while Iona will fight tooth and nail, Fairfield has the best player on the court. Derek Needham will rise to the occasion and play one of his better games of the season. The Gaels need this game more, but the Stags will still find a way to maintain their two-game lead in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Take Fairfield in a Friday night fight.

Iona Fairfield Betting Pick: Fairfield

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