Iona vs. Rider - 12/10/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rider Broncs (4-5) at Iona Gaels (4-3)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Hynes Athletics Center)
The Line: Iona Gaels -11.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rider Broncs and Iona Gaels play Wednesday at the Hynes Athletics Center.
The Rider Broncs have lost four of their last six games and will play their fourth true road game. On the season, Rider is averaging 64.1 points on 42.9 percent shooting and is allowing 68 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Teddy Okereafor leads Rider with 11.3 points and 4.6 rebounds while Matt Lopez is averaging 10.9 points and 4.8 rebounds. Zedric Sadler is shooting 41.9 percent from the field and Kahlil Thomas is grabbing 4.8 rebounds per game. The Rider Broncs are a struggling offensive team that’s shooting just 63.6 percent from the line and 29.9 percent from beyond the arc. Rider also has just two players averaging double-digit points. Defensively, Rider is allowing teams to shoot 35.8 percent from downtown and is forcing nearly 14 turnovers per game.
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The Iona Gaels return home after losing back-to-back road games. On the season, Iona is averaging 86.6 points on 48.3 percent shooting and is allowing 80 points on 43.8 percent shooting. A.J. English leads Iona with 26 points and 5.3 assists while David Laury is averaging 16.6 points and 7.4 rebounds. Isaiah Williams is grabbing seven rebounds per game and Schadrac Casimir is shooting 50 percent from the field. The Iona Gaels are one of the better offensive teams in the country, taking nearly 59 shots per game, and shooting 70.8 percent from the line and 44.6 percent from beyond the arc. However, Iona has allowed 80-plus points in four of its last six games and is averaging just 33 rebounds per contest. Iona is allowing teams to shoot 38.3 percent from downtown.
The Broncs are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a S.U. win. The Gaels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS loss. The Broncs are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Iona and 4-9 ATS in the last 13 meetings overall.
Rider doesn't have the offensive firepower to hang with Iona. The lack of defense the Gaels play is scary but as long as the shots are falling, the Broncs should lose in a blowout.