Rider vs Iona College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/18/20

Rider vs Iona College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/18/20 Photo by Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Iona Gaels (2-3) at Rider Broncs (1-3)

College Basketball: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Alumni Gymnasium)

The Line: Rider Broncs +1.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Iona Gaels and the Rider Broncs meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from the Rider Alumni Gym on Friday night.

The Iona Gaels will look to bounce back after falling to 2-3 on the year after a 67-52 loss to Fairfield last time out. Ryan Myers led the Gaels with 14 points on 5 of 10 shooting off of the bench as the lone Iona player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Nelly Junior Joseph and Isaiah Ross each had 9 points with Joseph adding a team-high 8 rebounds as well in the losing effort. Berrick JeanLouis added 3 assists as well as 3 steals for the Gaels in the losing effort. Ross leads Iona in scoring with an average of 21.4 points per game while Jean Louis leads the Gaels on the glass with 6.8 rebounds per game and Dylan Van Eyck leads Iona with 2.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Iona is averaging 68 points on 42.7% shooting from the field, 32.7% from behind the arc and 76.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 70.4 points on 43.2% shooting from the field and 33.7% from 3-point range this season.

The Rider Broncs will be out to rebound from a 1-3 start to the year after an 87-77 loss to Manhattan last time out. Christian Ings led the Broncs with 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting with 4 assists while Dwight Murray Jr. added 13 points along with  4 rebounds and 4 assists of his own as the only other double-digit scorer for Rider in the losing effort. Donrell McQuarter added 8 points and a team-high 5 rebounds as well in the defeat for Rider. Murray Jr. leads Rider with an average of 18 points, 6 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game, all team-highs. As a team, Rider is averaging 72.8 points on 44.4% shooting from the field. 39% from behind the arc and 71.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 80 points on 47.4% shooting from the field and 37.1% from behind the arc this season.

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Iona is 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 road games while the under is 18-6 in their last 24 games following a loss. Rider is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games as an underdog. The underdog is 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.

It’s hard to gauge what we’ll see from either side with such a small sample size, but historically, these have been two of the higher-scoring teams in the MAAC while both can’t seem to get out of their own way early on this season, I’ll side with the over in this one as I expect another high-scoring affair.

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Chris’s Pick Over 144.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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