Iona Gaels vs. Monmouth Hawks - 2/14/14
Monmouth Hawks (10-15) at Iona Gaels (16-8)
College Basketball: Friday, February 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Hynes Athletics Center)
The Line: Iona Gaels -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Monmouth Hawks will play their third straight road game when they take on the Iona Gaels. These teams played one another a couple of weeks ago and the Gaels crushed the Hawks by a score of 89-71.
The Hawks are currently experiencing a five-game losing streak and are playing little to no defense in the process. During that stretch they are allowing teams to shoot 45.8 percent from the field and score 72.4 points. Offensively they’re shooting just 36.9 percent and averaging 64.2 points. In their last two road games they’ve scored 56 or fewer points. Monmouth is 3-10 SU on the road, 10-8-1 ATS and 7-4-1 ATS away from home.
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The Gaels have won eight straight games and are doing so with an offense that just can’t be stopped, as they’re shooting 48.1 percent from the field and averaging 83.6 points per game on the season. At home they shoot 49.8 percent, 41.8 percent from downtown and average 86.5 points. This offensive explosion explains why they’re 9-2 SU at home. Defensively, they allow 78.4 points on 45.6 percent shooting. They are 10-12 ATS this season and 6-5 ATS on their home court.
The spread for this game is a little too big for my taste, but there’s no reason not to back Iona at home as long as the shots are falling. Monmouth has no offense whatsoever and just lost to the Gaels a couple of weeks ago by 18 points. Not much should change with this meeting taking place in Iona.
The Gaels are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss and are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games overall. Meanwhile, the Hawks are just 1-3-1 ATS in their last five contests.
Expect another blowout between these two teams and for the Gaels to get the cover.