Siena Saints vs. Iona Gaels - 3/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iona Gaels (20-10) vs. Siena Saints (21-11)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Times Union Center)
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The Iona Gaels will play the Siena Saints in the semi-finals of the MAAC Tournament.
The Siena Saints are 21-11 (13-7) and are the #3 seed in the MAAC tournament. Siena defeated Manhattan by a score of 89-76 in their first game of the MAAC tournament. Siena defeated Iona on the road by a score of 81-78 in these two teams first meeting of the season. Siena is averaging 78.1 points per game while giving up 72.6 points per game. Siena is also averaging 40.5 rebounds per game and 14.4 assists per game. Brett Bisping is averaging 15.8 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game for Siena. Marquis Wright is averaging 15.3 points per game and 4.5 assists per game for the Saints. Siena is shooting 72.6% on free throws, 36.6% on three-pointers, and 46.6% on all field goal attempts.
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The Iona Gaels are 20-10 (16-4) and are the #2 seed in the MAAC tournament. Iona defeated Canisius by a score of 73-55 in their first game of the MAAC tournament. Iona defeated Siena on the road by a score of 87-81 in these two teams second meeting of the season. Iona is averaging 79.6 points per game while giving up 73.7 points per game. Iona is also averaging 37.2 rebounds per game and 17 assists per game. A.J. English is averaging 22.2 points per game and 6.3 assists per game for Iona. Jordan Washington is averaging 14.2 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game for the Gaels. Iona is shooting 70.8% on free throws, 36.9% on three-pointers, and 45.5% on all field goal attempts.
This should be a very exciting game between the #2 and #3 seed in the MAAC tournament. These teams split their season series and are similar in points scored and points against. Siena has the rebounding advantage and is the slightly better shooting team. This should be a close game, but I am going with Iona here.