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Iona vs. Rider - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rider Broncs (4-10) at Iona Gaels (7-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Hynes Athletics Center)

The Line: Iona Gaels -9.5 -- Over/Under: 143 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3.com

The Iona Gaels and the Rider Broncs face off on Thursday in college basketball action.

The Iona Gaels are 7-6 this season and they have win their last three games. Iona is averaging 78.7 points per game and they are shooting 44.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 75.7 points and their opponents are shooting 42.3 percent. A.J. English leads the Gaels averaging 23.1 points and 6.3 assists per game. Jordan Washington is averaging 16.2 points and 6.3 rebounds, Deyshonee Much is averaging 13 points, and Isaiah Williams is averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. Iona is 5-0 at home this season.

Iona vs. Rider - 1/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rider Broncs are 4-10 this season but they are 2-2 in their last four games. Rider is averaging 64.6 points per game and they are shooting 42.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 67.6 points and their opponents are shooting 41.3 percent. Teddy Okereafor leads the Broncs averaging 12.6 points per game. Xavier Lundy is averaging 10.6 points, Jimmie Taylor is averaging 10.1 points, and Kahlil Thomas is averaging 8.7 points and 6.3 rebounds. Rider is 2-6 on the road this season.

Iona is 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 home games, 3-8 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five games. Rider is 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games, 8-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record, and 0-4 against the spread following a loss. The favorite has covered the point spread in the last four meetings of these two.

Rider is pretty awful so I will lay the big number but this isn’t a strong play. 

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Iona Gaels -9.5

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