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Iona Gaels vs. Canisius Golden Griffins - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Canisius Golden Griffins (8-6) at Iona Gaels (10-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Hynes Athletics Center)

The Line: Iona Gaels -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Canisius Griffins will travel to the Hynes Athletics Center to take on the Iona Gaels this Saturday afternoon.

The Canisius Griffins improved to 8-6 (3-2 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Marist Red Foxes 67-52 this past Thursday. The Griffins held the Red Foxes to 37.5% shooting from the field and 30.8% (8-26) shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Canisius was Josiah Heath who had a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Griffins are currently ranked 190th in the RPI Standings and have played the 286th ranked SOS. On the season, Canisius has been led by Zach Lewis (14.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.9 spg) and Phil Valenti (9.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.6 apg). Offensively, the Griffins are averaging 62.9 ppg (ranked 279th) on 38.9% shooting (ranked 312th). Canisius is averaging 11.8 turnovers per game (ranked 62nd) and has a 3.4 turnover margin (ranked 24th). Defensively, the Griffins are holding their opponents to an average of 61.1 ppg (ranked 65th) on 40.6% shooting (ranked 107th). Canisius allows their opponents to shoot 32.1% from beyond the arc (ranked 230th).

Iona Gaels vs. Canisius Golden Griffins - 1/10/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Iona Gaels improved to 10-5 (3-1 MAAC) after defeating the Quinnipiac Bobcats 81-73 this past Tuesday. The Gaels held the Bobcats to 35.5% shooting from the field and forced Quinnipiac to commit 13 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for Iona was David Laury who had 30 points and 8 rebounds. The Gaels are currently ranked 76th in the RPI Standings and have played the 167th ranked SOS. On the season, Iona has been led by A.J. English (21.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.5 spg) and David Laury (20.0 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.5 apg). Offensively, the Gaels are averaging 84.7 ppg (ranked 4th) on 48.6% shooting (ranked 22nd). Iona is averaging 11.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 3rd) on 42.9% three-point shooting (ranked 3rd). Defensively, the Gaels are allowing their opponents to average 77.0 ppg (ranked 337th) on 44.0% shooting (ranked 244th). Iona allows their opponents to shoot 38.8% from long range (ranked 325th). The Gaels average 3.7 bpg (ranked 154th) and have a rebound margin of -3.9 (ranked 304th).

The Golden Griffins are 11-2 ATS in their last 13 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. win. The Gaels are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS loss however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Canisius is going to try and slow down this game to prevent Iona’s face-paced offensive from running them right off the court. I’m going to stay away from this game however , If I had to pick a side, I’m going to take the Gaels at home to win by double-digits and cover the spread.  

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