Marist Red Foxes vs. Iona Gaels - 12/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iona Gaels (2-2) at Marist Red Foxes (1-3)
College Basketball: Friday, December 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm (McCann Field House)
The Line: Marist Red Foxes +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
MAAC rivals the Iona Gaels and the Marist Red Foxes meet for the first time this season.
If you follow the Iona Gaels you are well aware of their ability to score the basketball but you also know the defense has allowed points as well. Both trends continued in a 101-77 victory versus Fairfield on Tuesday to even their record at 2-2. Iona used 47% accuracy and 17 more shots to overwhelm the Stags. The Gaels led by six at the break before opening the floodgates over the final 20 minutes. This game belonged to the Gaels AJ English who was unstoppable with 46 points and eight boards with an amazing 13-19 from long range. Jahaad Proctor was next in line with 20 points followed by an 18 point, six board effort from Jordan Washington.
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The Marist Red Foxes have only played four games but for many years this team has struggled to score and get stops and that looks to be a problem this season as well after a 1-3 start. The Red Foxes have dropped consecutive contests after an 86-60 loss at Vermont on Sunday. The Catmounts jumped to a 14 point lead after 20 minutes and were never challenged behind 57% marksmanship. The Red Foxes countered with 42.6% shooting but Vermont turned a 44-18 advantage on the glass in to nine more shots and 13 more baskets. Brian Parker pumped in a game high 22 points on 9-13 with Khallid Hart scoring 15 points while Ryan Funk chipping in with eight points.
The under is 7-2 in Iona’s last 9 road games and Iona are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall while the over is 18-7 in their last 25 Friday games. Marist are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 Friday games. The underdog is 12-5 ATS in the last 17 meetings and Iona are 6-14 ATS in the last 20 meetings. The trends say Marist is easily the better choice so take this for what it’s worth because the Gaels defense is not trustworthy…