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Iona vs. Niagara - 1/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Niagara Purple Eagles (3-11) at Iona Gaels (6-6)

College Basketball: Monday, January 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Hynes Athletics Center)

The Line: Iona Gaels -16 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Niagara Purple Eagles will travel to the Hynes Athletics Center this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Niagara Purple Eagles lost their sixth straight game and dropped to 3-11 (1-2 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Siena Saints, 75-63, this past Saturday. Niagara held a 34-30 lead at halftime but struggled on both sides of the ball in the 2nd half and allowed Siena outscore them by a 45-29 margin to complete to comeback win. Niagara shot 44.4% from the field but was outrebounded by Siena by a 37-21 margin. The Purple Eagles allowed Siena to shoot 42.3% shooting from the field and 31.6% (6-19) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Niagara was Marvin Prochet who had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, the Purple Eagles have been led by Emile Blackman (15.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.1 apg), Matt Scott (15.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.6 spg), and Marvin Prochet (7.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg). Offensively, Niagara is averaging 64.1 ppg on 41.4% shooting and 27.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Purple Eagles average 5.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.70. Defensively, Niagara is allowing their opponents to average 71.9 ppg on 42.7% shooting. The Purple Eagles have a rebound margin of -0.7 and a turnover margin of -3.3.

Iona vs. Niagara - 1/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Iona Gaels won their 2nd straight game and improved to 6-6 (3-0 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 78-66, this past Saturday. Iona used a 28-6 run midway through the 2nd half to pull away from the Bobcats in the victory. Iona shot 38.2% from the field and outrebounded Quinnipiac by a 57-42 margin. The Gaels held the Bobcats to 30.9% shooting from the field and 21.4% (6-28) from three-point range. Leading the way for Iona was Jordan Washington who had a double-double with 19 points, 15 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 assist, and a steal. On the season, the Gaels have been led by A.J. English (23.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 6.7 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.1 bpg), Jordan Washington (15.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg), and Isaiah Williams (12.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.5 apg). Offensively, Iona is averaging 79.8 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field and 38.5% shooting from three-point range. The Gaels average 10.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.35. Defensively, Iona is allowing their opponents to average 77.7 ppg on 43.1% shooting. The Gaels have a rebound margin of -2.6 and a turnover margin of 0.8.

The Purple Eagles are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Gaels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. MAAC opponents however, just 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall.

Niagara will be on the road for the 4th straight game and although the Purple Eagles continue to struggle the score the ball, this could be another long season for Niagara who finished with just 8 wins last year. Iona has started off conference play well and now that they have the best player in the MAAC back in A.J. English, the Gaels will be the clear cut favorite to win the MAAC this season. This is a lot of points to cover, but with A.J. English back, I think Iona wins this one at home by about 20 and covers this spread. Take Iona to cover. 

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Iona Gaels -16

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