Niagara Purple Eagles vs. Iona Gaels - 2/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iona Gaels (13-9) at Niagara Purple Eagles (6-18)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Gallagher Center)
The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles +9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Iona Gaels will travel to play the Niagara Purple Eagles in a MAAC game on Sunday.
The Niagara Purple Eagles are 6-18 (4-9) and are coming off of a loss to Rider by a score of 66-60. Niagara has lost 6 of their last 7 games and is currently 10th in the MAAC standings. Niagara has conference wins against Quinnipiac, Manhattan, and Saint Peter’s. Niagara is averaging 63.7 points per game while giving up 70.5 points per game. Niagara is also averaging 36.1 rebounds per game and 10.7 assists per game. Matt Scott is averaging 16.8 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game for Niagara. Emile Blackman is averaging 14.7 points per game and 3.7 rebounds per game for the Purple Eagles. Niagara is shooting 68.9% on free throws, 27.4% on three-pointers, and 40.9% on all field goal attempts.
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The Iona Gaels are 13-9 (10-3) and are coming off of a win against Canisius by a score of 84-66. Iona has won 3 games in a row and is currently 2nd in the MAAC standings. Iona defeated Niagara by a score of 65-52 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Iona is averaging 79.1 points per game while giving up 75.3 points per game. Iona is also averaging 37.1 rebounds per game and 16.4 assists per game. A.J. English is averaging 21.6 points per game and 6.4 assists per game for Iona. Jordan Washington is averaging 16.2 points per game and 6.3 rebounds per game for the Gaels. Iona is shooting 70.4% on free throws, 37% on three-pointers, and 45.6% on all field goal attempts.
Iona is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games. Iona is 3-7 ATS in their last 10 conference games. The over is 7-3 in Iona’s last 10 road games. Niagara is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games. Niagara is 3-8 ATS in their last 11 Sunday games. The under is 4-1 in Niagara’s last 5 games following an ATS loss. The home team is 4-1 ATS in these two teams last 5 meetings.
Niagara comes into this game struggling, while Iona is on a winning streak. Iona has a better scoring offense, while Niagara is giving up fewer points per game. Iona is the better shooting team and should be able to win this game. I like Iona here.