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Quinnipiac vs. Iona - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iona Gaels (5-6) at Quinnipiac Bobcats (4-7)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2016 at 2:00 pm (TD Bank Sports Center)

The Line: Quinnipiac Bobcats +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: SNY Network

The Iona Gaels will travel to the TD Bank Sports Center to take on the Quinnipiac Bobcats this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Iona Gaels snapped their three game losing streak and improved to 5-6 (2-0 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Drexel Dragons, 77-70, this past Monday. Iona used a big first half to take a 41-28 halftime lead and used a 15 to 4 run in the 2nd half to take control of the game. Iona shot 52.9% from the field and 38.1% (8-21) from beyond the arc. The Gaels held the Dragons to 41.3% shooting from the field and 27.8% (5-18) from three-point range. Leading the way for Iona was Isaiah Williams who had a double-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals, and a block. On the season, Iona has been led by Jordan Washington (15.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg), Deyshonee Much (13.0 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.8 spg), and Isaiah Williams (12.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.5 apg). Offensively, Iona is averaging 80.0 ppg on 45.6% from the field and 39.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Gaels average 10.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.34. Defensively, Iona is allowing their opponents to average 78.7 ppg on 44.4% shooting. The Gaels have a rebound margin of -4.2 and a turnover margin of 1.0. Iona is still without their start player in A.J. English (25.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 6.8 apg, 1.2 spg) who is currently out with a hand injury.

Quinnipiac vs. Iona - 1/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Quinnipiac Bobcats lost their third straight game and dropped to 4-7 (1-1 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Maine Black Bears, 98-95 in OT, this past Tuesday. Quinnipiac shot 46.7% from the field and 50.0% (9-18) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Bobcats outrebounded the Black Bears by a 48-31 margin and committed 21 turnovers. Quinnipiac allowed Maine to shoot 56.1% from the field and 42.1% (8-19) from three-point range. Leading the way for Quinnipiac was Abdulai Bundu who had a double-double with 23 points and 15 rebounds. On the season, the Bobcats have been led by Giovanni McLean (16.1 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.5 apg), Chaise Daniels (10.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.0 bpg), and Donovan Smith (10.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.0 bpg). Offensively, Quinnipiac is averaging 68.2 ppg on 38.7% shooting from the field and 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bobcats average 7.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.74. Defensively, Quinnipiac is allowing an average of 72.2 ppg on 43.4% shooting. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 8.9 and a turnover margin of -2.7.

The Gaels are 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bobcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

Iona has struggled without their star player in A.J. English and continue to have issues on the defensive end as they rank 305th in scoring defense. Quinnipiac no longer has their strong frontcourt duo of Ousmane Drame and Justin Harris, but has been a force underneath as they ranked in the top 25 in the country in both rebound margin of blocked shots per game. Quinnipiac has struggled a bit on the defensive end as of late but I think their size will help them against the Gaels and they’ll cover with the points at home in this one.

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