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Iona vs. Fairfield - 3/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Fairfield Stags (17-15) at Iona Gaels (19-13)

College Basketball: Monday, March 5, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Times Union Center)

The Line: Iona Gaels -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


Out at Times Union Center on Monday in MAAC Tournament college basketball action, the Fairfield Stags will be taking on the Iona Gaels. 

Fairfield enters this game with a 17-15 record on the year. The Stags had a sketchy run going in January, but lost just two games in February. Currently, Fairfield is sitting on a seven-game win streak with tournament wins Saturday and Sunday. 

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Iona vs. Fairfield - 3/5/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


In the Sunday game versus Quinnipiac, Fairfield managed a 74-64 win. Leading the way for the Stags in that one was Ferron Flavors, with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Tyler Nelson also had a nice game for the Stags with 19 points and four rebounds. 

Over on the Iona side, they’re currently 19-13 on the season overall. The Gaels had a bit of a sketchy run going during February, when they lost four games in a six-game stretch before winning their last two outings. 

In Sunday’s tournament action versus Saint Peter’s, the Gaels won 65-62. Iona was down 30-20 at halftime, but stormed back to get the victory. Guard Schadrac Casimir led the way for Iona with 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting. 

Fairfield is 4-0 ATS in their last four overall and 4-0 ATS in their last four versus the MAA. The Stags are also 5-1 ATS in their last six following an ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last five neutral-site games. 

Meanwhile, Iona is 4-1 ATS in the last five following an ATS loss and 0-4-1 ATS in their last five Monday games. The Gaels are also 0-4 ATS in their last four following a straight-up win and the over is 9-3-1 in their last 13 overall. 

It’s been a while since we’ve seen these teams meet up; both games were back in January—which seems like ages ago. Iona took the January 7 game at home 84-65, and Fairfield evened it up with a 103-100 home win on January 29. Fairfield has looked pretty good since then, and Iona has been fairly inconsistent. All things considered, I like the Stags here.

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