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Iona vs Saint Peter’s 1/1/23 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Saint Peter's Peacocks (7-6) vs. Iona Gaels (9-4)
January 1, 2023 4:00 pm EDT
The Line: Iona Gaels -18.5 / Saint Peter's Peacocks +18.5; Over/Under: +133.5
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The Saint Peter’s Peacocks and the Iona Gaels meet in college basketball action from the Hynes Athletics Center on Sunday.

The Saint Peter’s Peacocks will look to build on a 67-57 win over Manhattan in their last game. Isiah Dasher has 13.4 PPG while Jaylen Murray has 12.4 PPG and 3.4 APG as the only other double-digit scorer for St. Peter’s up to this point in the year. Latrell Reid has team-highs of 6.4 RPG and 4.2 APG to lead the Peacocks in rebounding and assists this season. As a team, Saint Peter’s Is averaging 64.2 PPG on 38.9% shooting from the field, 31.4% from behind the arc and 67.8% from the foul line this season.

The Iona Gaels will look to build on their 76-66 win over Pepperdine in their last matchup. Daniss Jenkins leads the Gaels in scoring and assists with 16.5 PPG and 4.9 APG along with 4.2 RPG. Walter Clayton Jr. has 15.9 PPG with 4.3 RPG and 3 APG while Nelly Junior Joseph has 15.5 PPG with 7.4 RPG. Quinn Slazinski has 12.2 PPG with 7.8 RPG in five games as well to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Iona up to this point in the year. As a team, Iona is averaging 77.8 PPG on 46.7% shooting from the field, 34.5% from three and 76.2% from the foul line this season.

Saint Peter’s is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS win and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games against a team with a home winning percentage above .600 while the under is 8-0 in their last 8 road games. Iona is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games against a team with a losing road record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win.

I get the case to be made for the Peacocks as this is a big line, but the Peacocks have been getting shellacked on the road this season and I don’t see this being any different against Iona who are probably the odds on favorites in the MAAC this season. The Gaels have pumped everyone they’ve taken on at home this season and I think this game is more of the same. Give me Iona in a rout.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Iona -18.5

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