Massachusetts vs. Iona - 12/30/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iona Gaels (8-4) at Massachusetts Minutemen (6-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Mullins Center)
The Line: Massachusetts Minutemen -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Iona Gaels and Massachusetts Minutemen play Tuesday night at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center.
The Iona Gaels have won four of their last five games and play their eighth true road contest. On the season, Iona is averaging 85.2 points on 48.7 percent shooting and is allowing 76.9 points on 43.7 percent shooting. A.J. English is averaging 23 points and 4.8 assists while David Laury is averaging 18.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. Schadrac Casimir is shooting 48.5 percent from the field and Isaiah Williams is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Iona Gaels are an up-tempo offensive team that’s averaging nearly 59 shots per game while shooting 70 percent from the free throw line and 42.9 percent from beyond the arc. Iona has topped 80 points already seven times this season. Defensively, Iona is forcing 12.6 turnovers per game and is allowing teams to shoot 39.1 percent from deep.
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The Massachusetts Minutemen have lost five of their last six games and are playing the first time in a week. On the season, UMass is averaging 73.7 points on 43.8 percent shooting and is allowing 73.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting. Maxie Esho is averaging 14.2 points and 6.6 rebounds while Cady Lalanne is averaging 13.3 points and 9.3 rebounds. Derrick Gordon is the third player averaging double-digit points and Trey Davis is averaging 3.6 assists. The Massachusetts Minutemen continue to stink the joint up defensively, as they’re allowing teams to shoot 33.3 percent from downtown and have given up 75 or more points in five of their last six games. Offensively, UMass is shooting 71.8 percent from the free throw line and 28.1 percent from deep. The Minutemen have to figure something out quickly.
The Gaels are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 non-conference games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win. The Minutemen are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
UMass has enough talent to make a run at a Atlantic 10 title but certanly isn't playing like it this season. However, if the Minutemen are going to turn things around, it will start here. Look for UMass to give one of its better performances and cover the small number.