Iona vs. Quinnipiac - 1/6/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Quinnipiac Bobcats (6-6) at Iona Gaels (9-5)
College Basketball: Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Hynes Athletics Center)
The Line: Iona Gaels -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Quinnipiac Bobcats and Iona Gaels play Tuesday night at the Hynes Athletics Center.
The Quinnipiac Bobcats have split their last six games and play their fourth true road game. On the season, Quinnipiac is averaging 69.1 points on 39.2 percent shooting and is allowing 67.2 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Zaid Hearst is averaging 19.1 points and 6.5 rebounds while Ousmane Drame is averaging 14.2 points and 10.2 rebounds. Justin Harris is grabbing 6.8 rebounds and Evan Conti is dishing three assists. The Quinnipiac Bobcats are the best rebounding team in the country, averaging 46.1 boards per game. Offensively, Quinnipiac is shooting 77 percent from the free throw line and 27.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Quinnipiac is forcing 8.6 turnovers and has allowed 66 or less points in four straight games.
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The Iona Gaels have won five of their last seven games and look for their third conference win. On the season, Iona is averaging 85 points on 48.6 percent shooting and is allowing 77.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting. A.J. English is averaging 22.1 points and 5.1 assists while David Laury is averaging 19.2 points and 9.1 rebounds. Schadrac Casimir is shooting 46.4 percent from the field and Isaiah Williams is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Iona Gaels are an offensive machine with four players averaging at least 13 points while they’re shooting 69.6 percent from the line and 42.3 percent from downtown. Defensively, however, Iona is forcing less than 13 turnovers per game and has allowed 80-plus points in seven of its 14 games this season.
The Bobcats are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Gaels are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
The Quinnipiac Bobcats play good enough defense to keep this game close. It's hard for Iona to blow teams out given the way it trades baskets.