Marist vs. Iona - 2/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iona Gaels (14-9) at Marist Red Foxes (5-18)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm (McCann Field House)
The Line: Marist Red Foxes +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some MAAC-tion on Sunday’s college basketball slate as the Iona Gaels take on the Marist Red Foxes.
The Iona Gaels will look to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games, including an 87-82 double overtime win over Quinnipiac in their last outing. Roland Griffin led Iona with 10 points on 9 of 15 shooting with a team-high 9 rebounds, while Rickey McGill came 2nd with 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting with a team-high 8 assists along with 7 rebounds. Schadrac Casimir added 14 points while Deyshonee Much and Zach Lewis each chipped in 11 points to finish off the double digit scoring for Iona in the win. McGill leads Iona with an average of 14.5 points and 5.4 assists per game, while TK Edogi is the Gaels’ leading rebounder with 7.7 boards per game this season. As a team, Iona is scoring 79.6 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field, 39% from behind the arc and 74.6% from the foul line this season.
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The Marist Red Foxes could use a win after losing 5 of their last 6 games to stay in the basement of the MAAC standings following a 73-67 loss to Canisius in their last outing. Brian Parker led the Red Foxes with 19 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double, while Ryan Funk added 13 points on 5 of 11 shooting with 3 threes as the only other Marist player to score in double digits in the losing effort. Aleksandar Dozic added 8 points with 9 rebounds and a team-high 6 assists in the loss as well. Parker leads Marist with an average of 18 points and 2.7 assists per game while Tobias Sjoberg leads the Red Foxes with 5.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Marist is scoring 72.8 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field, 35.5% from behind the arc and 70.4% from the foul line this season.
Iona is 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games against a team with a losing home record while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games overall. Marist is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 6-0 in their last 6 Sunday games. Iona is 1-3-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Home underdogs are often a play worth a look, as you usually see a team’s best work on their home floor. However, Iona has beaten up on Marist despite a poor head-to-head ATS record against the Red Foxes as of late, mainly because most of those spreads were double digits. The last time Iona had a spread this low against Marist, the Gaels won by 35 points. 5 of the last 7 meetings have ended in a double-digit Iona win, and I think we see more of the same here as Iona covers with ease.