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New Mexico vs Iona 12/18/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Iona Gaels (7-2) vs. New Mexico Lobos (10-0)
December 18, 2022 6:30 pm EDT
The Line: New Mexico Lobos -3.5 / Iona Gaels +3.5; Over/Under: +150.5
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The Iona Gaels and the New Mexico Lobos meet in college basketball action from the Pit on Sunday night.

The Iona Gaels will look to build on a five-game win streak after a 70-64 win over Princeton last time out. Daniss Jenkins leads the Gaels in scoring and assists with 17.9 PPG and 4.9 APG along with 3.9 RPG. Walter Clayton Jr. has 16.4 PPG with 5.1 RPG and 3.6 APG while Nelly Junior Joseph has 12.7 PPG with 6.9 RPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Iona up to this point in the year as the Gaels’ top rebounder. As a team, Iona is averaging 77.4 PPG on 47% shooting from the field, 35.6% from three and 75% from the foul line this season.

The New Mexico Lobos will look to remain unbeaten after a 67-64 win over San Francisco last time out. Morris Udeze leads the Lobos in scoring with 18.1 PPG along with 6.6 RPG while Jamal Mashburn Jr. has 17.2 PPG with 3.3 RPG and Jaelen House has 16.5 PPG with 3.4 RPG and a team-high 5 APG to lead the Lobos in the assist department and to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for New Mexico this season. Josiah Allick also has a team-high 8.2 RPG to lead New Mexico on the glass this season. As a team, New Mexico is averaging 83.8 PPG on 48.8% shooting from the field, 33.1% from three and 75.1% from the foul line this season.

Iona is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. New Mexico is 5-16 ATS in their last 21 Sunday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following an ATS loss.

I think this game has some sneaky potential to be one of the games of the day as both teams are extremely efficient offensively, take care of the basketball and play at a fairly fast pace as well. I just think this ends up being a game that gets into the mid-150s at the very least here, so give me the over.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Over 150.5

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