Monmouth Hawks vs. Iona Gaels - 3/7/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iona Gaels (21-10) at Monmouth Hawks (27-6)
College Basketball: Monday, March 7, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Times Union Center)
The Line: Monmouth Hawks 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Iona Gaels shoot for the upset of the Monmouth Hawks in the MAAC championship Monday.
The Iona Gaels have been one of the top teams in the MAAC over the past several years and they have one more chance to reach the NCAA Tournament after knocking off Siena 81-70 as a 2.5 point favorite Sunday. The Gaels took a 14 point lead in to the locker room and fended of the Saints over the final 20 minutes. Siena sank shots at 42% with Iona burning the nets at 52.5% for a difference of five baskets which was easily enough to win. AJ English led the Iona attack with a game high 29 points with five yanks and five steals with Isaiah Williams adding 23 points and eleven rebounds. Deyshonee Much and Jahaad Proctor combined for 16 points but the offense was really a two man game.
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The Monmouth Hawks took a step towards winning the MAAC regular season title and the league playoffs after routing Fairfield 76-63 in the semifinals. The Hawks began pulling away in the final minute of the first half and the Stags never recovered as a 9.5 point underdog. The high powered FF offense was never a factor with 35.6% marksmanship and 15 turnovers with Monmouth connecting at 44% for a decisive seven more field goals. Micah Seaborn paced the offense with 17 points with Justin Robinson adding 15 points and nine rebounds. Austin Tilghman tossed in ten points while Deon Jones and Je’lon Hornbeak combined for 17 points with Jones snagging seven boards.
The spread is not out but it will probably be big enough to where everybody will assume the title is Monmouth’s. They are the best team in the MAAC overall but I expect Iona will lay it on the line because they won’t be in this spot next year…