Saint Peter's Peacocks vs. Iona Gaels - 3/1/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iona Gaels (24-6) at Saint Peter's Peacocks (13-17)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 1, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Yanitelli Center)
The Line: Saint Peter's Peacocks +4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Saint Peter's Peacocks end the regular season with conference champion the Iona Gaels on Sunday.
The Iona Gaels and their high powered offense are the regular season champions of the MAAC at 17-2 heading in to their final regular season game. The Gaels seem to always be faced with unrealistic expectations but in reality they are the most consistent squad because they win. This team hasn't lost in a month but were taken to the limit in Friday's 79-75 victory against visiting Manhattan. The Gaels held a slight 46%-43% shooting edge but gave the ball away 15 times to help keep the Jaspers competitive with six more looks before five more free throws were the difference in the win. AJ English led all scorers with 26 points followed by a 15 point effort by Shadrac Casmir. David Laury added 13 points and eleven rebounds while Isaiah Williams netted 12 points and snagged seven boards.
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The Saint Peter's Peacocks are one of those teams that can beat anybody but you never know when it will happen. Consistency has been an issue on the offensive end of the floor and has played a part in four consecutive defeats although the defense had some problems in Friday's 69-67 loss at Marist where a spirited comeback from an 18 point first half hole came up just short. The Red Foxes fired away at over 53% while Saint Peter's did their damage on nearly 42% with 16 offensive rebounds helping the team to 16 more looks at the basket. The Peacocks received 20 points from Desi Washington followed by Marvin Dominique with 14 points and a contest high ten rebounds. Jamel Fields and Quadir Welton combined for 19 points with Fields posting five helpers but the first half struggles caught up to them.
The Gaels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 16-6 ATS in their last 22 Sunday games. The Peacocks are 24-52-1 ATS in their last 77 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic ane 16-35-1 ATS in their last 52 games following a S.U. loss. Saint Peter's are 12-28-1 ATS in their last 41 games following a ATS loss and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games. This one is straight forward in a way; Iona gets the job done if they care but will they with the regular season belonging to them...