Niagara vs. Iona - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Iona Gaels (11-13) at Niagara Purple Eagles (10-18)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Gallagher Center)
The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles +2 -- Over/Under: 139
The Iona Gaels and the Niagara Purple Eagles meet in college basketball action from Gallagher Center on Saturday.
Iona comes into this one at 11-13 so far. Since their last loss to Siena back on February 19, Iona has since taken out Rider and Canisius in consecutive appearances.
In the win over Canisius, Iona’s leading scorer was Isaiah Ross with 24 points, four rebounds and two assists. EJ Crawford added 22 points, four rebounds and two assists there, and Isaiah Washington notched a triple-double on 14 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.
Over on the Niagara side, they’re 10-18 on the year. In the last five games, Niagara is 3-2 with losses to Marist and Fairfield alongside wins over Canisius, Monmouth and Saint Peter’s.
In the win over Saint Peter’s, Niagara’s only double-digit scorer was Marcus Hammond with 21 points, six rebounds and one assist. Shandon Brown was pretty close to that designation there, with nine points, four assists and two rebounds for Niagara there.
Niagara is 4-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games and 4-0 ATS in their last four home games. Niagara is 4-1 ATS in their last five overall and the under is 11-4-1 in their last 16 overall.
Meanwhile, Iona is 2-6 ATS in their last eight Saturday games and 4-1 ATS in their last five after a straight-up win. Iona is 4-0 ATS in their last four road games and 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven overall.
Iona had a great game on Thursday, and they jumped out to a commanding 42-22 lead at halftime. That continues a nice scoring trend for the Gaels, as they’ve hit 70 points in six of their last seven games. Iona has been on a nice roll lately overall with a 6-1 record in their last seven as well.
As for Niagara, they’ve been a little better at scoring lately but it’s still not unusual to see them under 60 points. I don’t think Niagara has the goods to keep up here, so I’m going Iona on the cover--they should be able to pull away by the second half.