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Siena Saints vs. Iona Gaels - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iona Gaels (8-5) at Siena Saints (5-7)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Times Union Center)

The Line: Siena Saints +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Time Warner Cable Sports Channel - New York

The Iona Gaels will travel to Times Union Center to take on the Siena Saints this Sunday afternoon.

The Iona Gaels dropped to 8-5 (1-1 MAAC) after losing to the UMass Minutemen 87-82 this past Tuesday. The Gaels allowed the Minutemen to shoot 51.6% from the field and 41.2% from long range in the loss. Leading the way for Iona was David Laury who had a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Iona is ranked 102nd in the RPI standings and has played the 209th ranked SOS. On the season, Iona have been led by A.J. English (22.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.5 spg), David Laury (18.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.7 apg), and Isaiah Williams (13.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.8 spg). A.J. English ranked 3rd in the country in individual ppg with his 22.5 ppg average. Offensively, the Gaels are averaging 84.9 ppg (ranked 8th) on 48.2% shooting (ranked 30th). Iona averages 11.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 5th) on 42.2% three-point shooting (ranked 3rd). Defensively, the Gaels are allowing 77.7 ppg (ranked 338th) on 44.5% shooting (ranked 265th). Iona allows their opponents to shoot 39.2% from three-point range (ranked 326th).

Siena Saints vs. Iona Gaels - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Siena Saints won their 2nd straight contest and improved to 5-7 (2-1 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Fairfield Stags 68-67 this past Friday. The Saints did allow the Stags to shoot 52.3% from the field however, forced the Stags to commit 17 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Saints was Javion Ojunyemi who had 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Siena is currently ranked 250th in the RPI Standings and has played the 273rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Saints have been led by Rob Poole (13.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.4 spg), Marquis Wright (13.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.6 apg), and Lavon Long (10.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.3 apg). Offensively, Siena is averaging 72.7 ppg (ranked 78th) on 42.6% shooting (ranked 224th).  Siena protects the ball well as they only commit an average of 10.4 turnovers per game (ranked 16th). Defensively, the Saints allow 75.2 ppg (ranked 326th) on 46.6% shooting (ranked 316th).  Siena commits an average of 22.6 fouls per game (ranked 340th). Siena averages 19.75 defensive rpg (ranked 335th) and 32.25 total rpg (286th).

The Gaels are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Saints are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. the MAAC opponents.

This will be a face-paced, high-scoring affair as both teams like to run and play little defensive. Iona is the MAAC favorite this season and I think that A.J. English and David Laury will have big days against a weak Siena defensive. I’m going to say that the Gaels defensive does enough to allow their offensive to cover this spread. Take Iona to cover. 

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