Iona Gaels (3-0) vs. Liberty Flames (1-1)
November 19, 2021 5:00 pm EDT
The Line: Liberty Flames / Iona Gaels ; Over/Under: +135
(Click here for latest betting odds)
The Liberty Flames and Iona Gaels meet Friday in college basketball action at the HP Field House. The Liberty Flames look to get a game above a .500 record. The Iona Gaels look to get off to a 4-0 start.
The Liberty Flames are averaging 71.5 points on 48.1 percent shooting and allowing 49 points on 33.9 percent shooting. Darius McGhee is averaging 21.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, while Brody Peebles is averaging 11 points and 2.5 rebounds. Keegan McDowell is the third double-digit scorer and Jospeh Venzant is grabbing 3 rebounds. The Liberty Flames are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 63.3 percent from the free throw line. The Liberty Flames are allowing 21.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.5 rebounds per game.
The Iona Gaels are averaging 79 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 71.3 points on 42 percent shooting. Nelly Junior Joseph is averaging 28 points and 8 rebounds, while Tyson Jolly is averaging 18.7 points and 3.7 rebounds. Dylan van Eyck is the third double-digit scorer and Elijah Joiner is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The Iona Gaels are shooting 28.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.2 percent from the free throw line. The Iona Gaels are allowing 26.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.7 rebounds per game.
The Liberty Flames still have some showing and proving to do, as we’ve seen two different versions of this team. The Iona Gaels are off to a great start offensively, and they have many bucket getters who can carry the load at any moment. I’m not sure Liberty has the offensive horses to get the job done here. The Iona Gaels should win this game pulling away in the second half.