Iona Gaels (6-2) vs. Marist Red Foxes (2-3)
December 1, 2021 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Marist Red Foxes +8 / Iona Gaels -8; Over/Under: -131.5
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The Iona Gaels and the Marist Red Foxes meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from McCann Arena on Wednesday night.
The Iona Gaels come into this one looking to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 96-83 loss to Kansas last time out. Nelly Junior Joseph leads the Gaels in scoring and rebounding with 15 PPG and 8.4 RPG while Tyson Jolly has 14.4 PPG and 4.3 RPG. Quinn Slazinski has 10 PPG and 4 RPG to make up the trio of double-digit scorers for Iona so far this season while Dylan van Eyck has a tea-high 3 APG as well as 9.6 PPG and 4 RPG. As a team, Iona is averaging 74 PPG on 42.8% shooting from the field, 33.1% from three and 71.3% from the foul line while allowing 70.6 PPG on 41.8% shooting from the field and 28.9% from three this season.
The Marist Red Foxes will try to rebound from a 65-61 loss at the hands of Army last time out. Ricardo Wright leads Marist in scoring with 14.6 PPG while Raheim Sullivan has 12.6 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for Marist up to this point in the year. Matt Herasma also has a team-high 6.4 RPG for the Red Foxes as well this season. As a team, Marist is averaging 71 PPG on 42.2% shooting from the field, 32.8% from three and 61.4% from the foul line while allowing 72.6 PPG on 45.7% shooting from the field and 32.8% from three this season.
Iona is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a loss and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 15-3 in their last 18 games against a team with a losing record. Marist is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU loss and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall.
I get the case that could be made for the home dog in Marist as you’d assume that maybe Iona would look past the Red Foxes given the strength of their schedule this season. However, I think Iona knows how important conference games are and will be out to make a statement at the hands of Marist. I’ll lay it and play it with Iona in this one.