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Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Iona Gaels - 1/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iona Gaels (12-5) at Niagara Purple Eagles (3-12)

College Basketball: Friday, January 16, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Gallagher Center)

The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles +10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Iona Gaels will travel to the Gallagher Center to take on the Niagara Purple Eagles this Friday night.

The Iona Gaels won their 4th straight game and improved to 12-5 (5-1 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Fairfield Stags 74-58 this past Tuesday night. Iona shot 56.5% from the field and 63.2% (12-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Gaels was A.J. English who had a double-double with 24 points and 10 assists. Iona is currently ranked 73rd in the RPI Rankings and has played the 173rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Gaels have been led by A.J. English (20.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 5.6 apg) and David Laury (20.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 2.3 apg). Offensively, Iona is averaging 83.8 ppg (ranked 3rd) on 48.7% shooting (ranked 22nd). The Gaels are averaging 11.1 three-pointers per game (ranked 3rd) on 43.4% shooting (ranked 1st). Defensively, Iona is allowing their opponents to score an average of 75.8 ppg (ranked 337th) on 44.3% shooting (ranked 256th). The Gaels are averaging 33.76 total rpg (ranked 220th) and have a rebound margin of -3.4 (ranked 293rd).

Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Iona Gaels - 1/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Niagara Purple Eagles lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 3-12 (2-4 MAAC) on the season after losing to the Pennsylvania Quakers 67-56 this past Tuesday. Niagara shot only 32.1% from the field and 23.5% (4-17) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Purple Eagles was Ramone Snowden who had 14 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Niagara is currently ranked 287th in the RPI Standings and has played the 114th ranked SOS. On the season, the Purple Eagles have been led by Ramone Snowden (11.0 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 2.6 apg) and Wesley Myers (10.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.1 spg). Offensively, Niagara is averaging 61.7 ppg (ranked 301st) on 38.9% shooting (ranked 317th). The Purple Eagles average 10.2 apg (ranked 309th) and 14.1 turnovers per game (ranked 270th). Defensively, Niagara is holding their opponents to an average 71.1 ppg (ranked 287th) on 47.0% shooting (ranked 320th). The Purple Eagles are allowing their opponents to shot 37.3% from beyond the arc (ranked 298th). Niagara averages 22.07 defensive rpg (ranked 287th) and 33.07 total rpg (ranked 253rd).

The Gaels are 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Purple Eagles are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U loss.

Iona is clear cut favorite in the MAAC this season and has an offensive that can really put up a lot of points. Niagara has played the Gaels tough at home over the past two years, and although the poor shooting Purple Eagles will probably be able to score a bit more against a poor Iona defensive, I see the Gaels winning this one by at least 15. Take Iona to cover the spread. 

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