Iona Gaels (2-6) at Princeton Tigers (4-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 11:30 am (Boardwalk Hall)
The Line: Princeton Tigers -3 -- Over/Under: 149.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Princeton Tigers & Iona Gaels will face off in the Air Force Reserve Basketball Hall of Fame Boardwalk Classic at Boardwalk Hall this Saturday morning in College Basketball action.
The Princeton Tigers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 4-4 on the season after being defeated by the St. John’s Red Storm, 89-74, this past Sunday. Princeton trailed by just a 41-38 margin at halftime however, struggled defensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after a 10-0 Red Storm run gave St. John’s a 64-50 lead with 11:27 left in regulation. Princeton allowed St. John’s to shoot 55.7% from the field and was outrebounded by a 38-29 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Tigers was Devin Cannady who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Princeton is averaging 71.3 ppg on 42.2% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Princeton has been led by Devin Cannady (21.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 apg), Jaelin Llewellyn (17.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 4.0 apg), Myles Stephens (13.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.5 apg), and Richmond Aririguzoh (9.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg).
Defensively, Princeton is allowing their opponents to average 68.6 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of -2.1 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The Iona Gaels lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 2-6 on the season after being defeated by the Columbia Lions, 74-71, this past Sunday. Iona fought back from an early double-digit deficit to go into halftime trailing by just a 32-30 margin, however, Iona was hurt by turnovers in the 2nd half and couldn’t secure the victory after a pair of FT’s by the Lions Gabe Stefanini gave Columbia a 74-69 lead with just :07 seconds left in regulation. Iona shot just 27.8% from beyond the arc and committed 18 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Gaels was E.J. Crawford who had 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.
On the season, Iona is averaging 74.3 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Gaels are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 30.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iona has been led by E.J. Crawford (15.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), Rickey McGill (13.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 5.9 apg, 2.4 spg), Tajuan Agee (10.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg), and Asante Gist (10.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Iona is allowing their opponents to average 82.6 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Gaels have a rebound margin of -5.4 and a turnover margin of -0.6.
The Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 however, are just 5-13 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Gaels are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral sites games.
Princeton looks like their going to be a middle of the road Ivy League team this season as although their defense has been decent (116th in scoring defense), their offense has struggled a bit as they rank just 259th in scoring offense & T-279th in FG%. Iona has always been a team that likes to push the pace and although that has worked for them in the past, the Gaels could be in for a long season as their offense which ranks just 246th in FG% & T-296 in 3P-FG% is not going to be able to make up for a defense that ranks just 335th in scoring defense and 322nd in rebound margin. Princeton has a great player in Devin Cannady and as I just can’t trust the Gaels offense like we used to be able to, I’m taking Princeton to cover this small spread.