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Rhode Island vs. Iona - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iona Gaels (4-3) at Rhode Island Rams (6-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Thomas M. Ryan Center)

The Line: Rhode Island Rams -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Iona Gaels will travel to the Thomas M. Ryan Center to take on the Rhode Island Rams this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Iona Gaels improved to 4-3 (2-0 MAAC) on the season after defeated the Texas Southern Tigers, 83-73, this past Wednesday. Iona was outstanding offensively as they shot 54.5% from the field and 42.9% (9-21) from beyond the arc. The Gaels allowed the Tigers to shoot 43.1% from the field and held Texas Southern to just 29.4% (5-17) shooting from beyond the arc. Iona forced Texas Southern to commit 19 turnovers and had 4 blocks in the victory. Leading the way for Iona was Isaiah Williams who had 21 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 steal. On the season, the Gaels have been led by A.J. English (25.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 6.8 apg), Jordan Washington (15.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg), and Isaiah Williams (11.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.3 apg). Offensively, Iona is averaging 84.1 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field and 40.7% shooting form beyond the arc. The Gaels average 11.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.41. Defensively, Iona is allowing their opponents to average 79.9 ppg on 45.9% shooting. The Gaels have a rebound margin of -3.1 and a turnover margin of 2.0. Iona will be out their star player A.J. English who is currently out indefinitely after having surgery on his hand earlier in the week.

Rhode Island vs. Iona - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rhode Island Rams dropped to 6-4 (0-0 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Nebraska Cornhuskers, 70-67, this past Sunday. Rhode Island had a 37-32 halftime lead and although they led by as many as 10 in the 2nd half, the Rams couldn’t hang for the victory. Rhode Island played well offensively as they shot 49.1% from the field and 45.0% (9-20) from beyond the arc. The Rams struggled defensively as they allowed the Cornhuskers to shoot 51.2% from the field and 75.0% (6-8) from three-point range. The Rams only went to the FT line 8 times in the game while Nebraska went 20 for 24 at the FT line. Leading the way for Rhode Island was Jarvis Garrett who had 15 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Rams have been led by Kuran Iverson (11.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.1 bpg), Hassan Martin (11.2 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.6 bpg), and Jarvis Garrett (11.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.7 apg). Offensively, Rhode Island is averaging 68.4 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field and 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Rams average 5.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.84. Defensively, Rhode Island is holding their opponents to an average of 60.5 ppg on 42.3% shooting. The Rams have a rebound margin of 2.5 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

The Gaels are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games vs. A-10 opponents. The Rams are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss.

Both Iona and Rhode Island are missing their respective go-to players in A.J. English (Iona) and E.C. Matthews (Rhode Island). Even with A.J. English, Iona seemed to be struggling a bit as although they can score with the best of them, they are really poor on the defensive end. Rhode Island is the more well-rounded team in this one and still looks as if they can be an A-10 contender, even without Matthews available. Rhode Island is a very difficult team to play against on their home court and I think without English, Iona will have a bit of trouble with the Rams defense. I’m taking Rhode Island to cover in this one.  

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Rhode Island Rams -10.5

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