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Canisius vs. Iona - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iona Gaels (7-6) at Canisius Golden Griffins (7-7)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Koessler Center)

The Line: Canisius Golden Griffins +2.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Iona Gaels and Canisius Golden Griffins meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Koessler Athletic Center.

The Iona Gaels look for another victory after winning six of their last eight games. The Iona Gaels are averaging 77.7 points on 44.5 percent shooting and allowing 76.6 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Rickey McGill is averaging 13.3 points and 5.3 assists while E.J. Crawford is averaging 12.1 points and three rebounds. Deyshonee Much is the third double-digit scorer and Zach Lewis is dishing 2.9 assists. The Iona Gaels are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 76.8 percent from the free throw line. The Iona Gaels are allowing 33.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game. The Iona Gaels have won four of their last six road games.

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Canisius vs. Iona - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Canisius Golden Griffins look for another win to get a game above a .500 record. The Canisius Golden Griffins are averaging 71.3 points on 47.7 percent shooting and allowing 69.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Isaiah Reese is averaging 16 points and 4.3 assists while Jermaine Crumpton is averaging 14.8 points and 5.2 rebounds. Takal Molson is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Johnson is dishing five assists. The Canisius Golden Griffins are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 67 percent from the free throw line. The Canisius Golden Griffins are allowing 32 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.8 rebounds per game. The Canisius Golden Griffins have won four of their last five home games.

The Gaels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Golden Griffins are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Sunday games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Gaels are 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings in Canisius, 7-17-1 ATS in the last 25 meetings and the underdog is 15-7-1 ATS in the last 23 meetings.

The Iona Gaels are starting to find their groove on the offensive end as of late and can be scary when playing in their current form, as they have the potential to run you out of the building. The Canisius Golden Griffins have struggled with consistency all year and have won just two of the last nine meetings against Iona. The Gaels have also been money against the number on the road recently. I'll lay the bucket with the better team here.

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