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Siena Saints vs. Iona Gaels Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/12/14

Iona Gaels (7-7) at Siena Saints (7-9)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Times Union Center)

The Line: Siena Saints +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Storyline: The Siena Saints go for their third consecutive MAAC victory when they welcome the Iona Gaels to the Times Union Center Sunday.

The Breakdown: Siena comes in with a record of a 7-9 and winners in two of its last three conference games, including a 67-58 victory over Marist Friday behind a strong defensive performance that held the Red Foxes to 18 of 51 from the field and 6 of 20 from distance. The Saints shot 17 of 44 and connected on 4 of 11 from downtown, while also hitting 29 of 37 from the line and outrebounding Marist 35-23. Sophomore F Brett Bisping had a team-high 16 points and 14 rebounds, while junior G Rob Poole added15 points. Siena ended the first half on a 10-2 run and took a 32-25 lead into the break. The Red Foxes stormed back in the second behind three Jay Bowie layups, trimming the lead to two points before the Saints answered with a 16-6 run that took the clock down to the 6:05 mark and opened up a 59-45 lead that would never dip below 8 points. On the season, Siena is averaging 68.9 ppg on 42 percent shooting and Poole leads the team in scoring with 15.5 ppg.

Siena Saints vs. Iona Gaels Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/12/14

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Iona, meanwhile, comes in 7-7 overall and 4-1 in the MAAC, topping Fairfield 84-75 Saturday for the second time this season. Sophomore G A.J. English had a game high 25 points on 6 of 14 from the field and connected on 9 of 10 from the line, and senior G Tre Bowman added 24 points, including 6 of 8 three-pointers. The Gaels shot 45 percent from the floor and hit 11 of 22 from downtown, while forcing a whopping 15 Fairfield turnovers. Iona also got 21 points from junior F David Laury. Through 14 games, the Gaels are averaging 82.5 ppg on 48 percent shooting and senior G Sean Armand leads the team with 19.1 ppg.

Rick's Pick: Iona is currently a 3.5 point favorite in this one and they happen to be one of the nation’s top scoring outfits, ranking 22nd nationally at 82 points a game. You just wouldn’t know it. Upon closer inspection, though, the Gaels had three players score better than 20 in their last game and that didn’t even include their leading scorer. In short, they can really light it up. Siena, conversely, seems to have trouble scoring points. Look for Iona to cover.

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