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Iona vs. Fairfield - 1/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Fairfield Stags (6-8) at Iona Gaels (8-7)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Hynes Athletics Center)

The Line: Iona Gaels -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Fairfield Stags and Iona Gaels meet Sunday in college basketball action at the Hynes Athletics Center.

The Fairfield Stags could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Fairfield Stags are averaging 71.5 points on 42.6 percent shooting and allowing 74.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting. Tyler Nelson is averaging 20.4 points and 2.9 assists while Ferron Flavors Jr. is averaging 11 points and 2.6 rebounds. Jesus Cruz is dishing 1.2 assists and Jonathan Kasibabu is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Fairfield Stags are shooting 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.2 percent from the free throw line. The Fairfield Stags are allowing 38.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.3 rebounds per game. The Fairfield Stags have lost six of their last seven road games.

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Iona vs. Fairfield - 1/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Iona Gaels look to stay hot after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Iona Gaels are averaging 77.4 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 76.7 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Rickey McGill is averaging 14.3 points and 4.9 assists while E.J. Crawford is averaging 12.1 points and 3.1 rebounds. Deyshonee Much is the third double-digit scorer and Zach Lewis is dishing 3.4 assists. The Iona Gaels are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Iona Gaels are allowing 34.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.9 rebounds per game. The Iona Gaels are 3-0 SU on their home court this season.

The Stags are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. The Gaels are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight up win, 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games. The over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The Fairfield Stags can really struggle to score the basketball, and that's not a good thing when playing an explosive Iona squad that's even better at home. Iona has played just three home games this season, but is averaging almost 80 points on over 39 percent shooting from deep in those games. It's going to be a long day if Fairfield can't find some offense. Give me Iona by double digits.

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