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Marist vs. Iona - 2/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iona Gaels (21-6) at Marist Red Foxes (5-21)

College Basketball: Friday, February 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm (McCann Field House)

The Line: Marist Red Foxes +9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNU

The Iona Gaels and Marist Red Foxes play Friday night at the McCann Arena.

The Iona Gaels have won eight straight games and look to win the MAAC. On the season, Iona is averaging 81.1 points on 47.6 percent shooting and is allowing 73 points on 41.9 percent shooting. David Laury is averaging 20.5 points and 9.4 rebounds while A.J. English is averaging 19.5 points and 5.5 assists. Schadrac Casimir is dishing 2.1 assists and Kelvin Amayo is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Iona Gaels have three active double-digit scorers, and they’re shooting 69.4 percent from the line and 41.5 percent from downtown. Defensively, Iona is allowing 35.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 67 or less points in four straight games.

Marist vs. Iona - 2/20/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Marist Red Foxes look to play spoiler after splitting their last eight games. On the season, Marist is averaging 60.7 points on 40 percent shooting and is allowing 68.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Chavaughn Lewis is averaging 20.2 points and 4.8 rebounds while Khallid Hart is averaging 16.3 points and 1.6 assists. T.J. Curry is grabbing 4.2 rebounds and Manny Thomas is shooting 33.8 percent from the field. The Marist Red Foxes have four players averaging at least 7.5 points, and they’re shooting 72 percent from the line and 31.2 percent from downtown. Defensively, Marist is allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 69 or less points in seven of its last eight games.

The Gaels are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Red Foxes are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a S.U. loss. The Gaels are 6-13 ATS in the last 19 meetings and the underdog is 11-5 ATS in the last 16 meetings.

The underdog has controlld this series ATS over the years and three of the last five meetings have been decided by single digits. With Marist winning most of its games as of late, I like the home team to keep this one close. Give me the points. 

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Marist Red Foxes +9

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