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Rider Broncs vs. Iona Gaels - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iona Gaels (13-6) at Rider Broncs (12-7)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Alumni Gymnasium)

The Line: PK -- Over/Under 150.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Iona Gaels head to the Rider Broncs on Thursday night in an MAAC showdown. 

The Rider Broncs are 12-7 overall this season, and are a solid 6-2 within the conference.  The Broncs are essentially a middle of the road team when you look at their advanced metrics, but the Broncs are down a bit offensively, as Rider is scoring just over 64 points per game on the year.  The Broncs head into this meeting with the Gaels having won eight of their last nine games, including back to back wins prior to this meeting.  The Broncs did face the Gaels on the road earlier this season, and the Gaels won that one 77-64. 

Rider Broncs vs. Iona Gaels - 1/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Iona Gaels, besides having a pretty great nickname are having a solid season, and currently are first in the conference.  The Gaels have an outstanding offense that is currently ranked fourth in the nation putting up a staggering 83 points per game this season.  The rebounding and defense aren’t always there for this team, but with an offense like this, the Gaels are just plain outscoring their opponent.  Iona has won five out of their last six heading into Thursday’s meeting, but the Gaels did suffer a loss in their last outing, falling to the Griffins 78-74.

It's tough going against this Iona offense, but I think the Broncs have the hores defensively to get it done here.  Should be a tough physical game, and in those cases I usually go with the better defense, and the home court.

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