Tulsa vs. Iona - 12/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iona Gaels (3-2) at Tulsa Golden Hurricane (5-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 9:00 pm (Reynolds Center)
The Line: Tulsa Golden Hurricane -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3, American Sports Network
The Iona Gaels will travel to the Reynolds Center to take on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Iona Gaels won their 3rd straight game and improved to 3-2 (2-0 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Marist Red Foxes, 101-66, this past Friday. The high tempo offense of the Gaels was on display in their victory as they topped 100 points for the 2nd straight game. Iona shot 63.3% from the field, 48.0% (12-25) from beyond the arc, and committed just 9 turnovers in the victory. The Gaels held the Red Foxes to 37.9% from the field and forced Marist into committing 17 turnovers. Leading the way for Iona was A.J. English who had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals, and 3 blocks. On the season, the Gaels have been led by A.J. English (23.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 7.0 apg), Deyshonee Much (12.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.4 apg), and Isaiah Williams (10.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.4 apg). Offensively, Iona is averaging 85.0 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field and 40.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Gaels are averaging 12.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.67. Defensively, Iona is allowing their opponents to average 79.2 ppg on 45.2% shooting. The Gaels have a rebound margin of -4.0 rebound margin and a 3.6 turnover margin.
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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane dropped to 5-3 (0-0 AAC) on the season after being defeated by the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles, 70-68, this past Saturday. Tulsa allowed Obi Emegano of Oral Roberts to hit the game winning jumping with just 1.9 seconds left in the game. Tulsa shot just 37.9% from the field and 29.2% (7-24) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Golden Hurricane allowed the Golden Eagles to shoot 44.8% from the field and 47.1% (8-17) from three-point range. Leading the way for Tulsa was Shaquille Harrison who had 18 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, the Golden Hurricane has been led by Shaquille Harrison (19.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.3 spg), James Woodard (16.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg), and Marquel Curtis (9.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.6 apg). Offensively, Tulsa is averaging 75.1 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field and 33.7% shooting form beyond the arc. The Golden Hurricane average 6.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.11. Defensively, Tulsa is allowing their opponents to average 71.0 ppg on 43.2% shooting. The Golden Hurricane has a rebound margin of 1.4 and a turnover margin of 3.8.
The Gaels are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win however, just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Golden Hurricane are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss and just 1-8 ATS in their last 9 home games.
Iona had a rough start to their season has they lost by a combined 45 points against Valparaiso and Oregon State, however, haven’t had an issues with their offense over their last three games as they are averaging 98 ppg in that span. Tulsa has lost three of their last four games and has struggled a bit offensively in that span. This should be one of the more entertaining games of the night as it should be a high-scoring affair featuring some great talent in Iona’s A.J. English and Tulsa’s Shaquille Harrison and James Woodward. I’m a little unsure of this Iona team as of right now, however, as Tulsa struggled on the defensive end, I think A.J. English the Gaels will be able to score enough in this one to keep it within the number. Take Iona and the points.