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Siena vs Iona Basketball Picks 1-26-24

Iona Gaels (8-10) vs. Siena Saints (3-15)
January 26, 2024 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Siena Saints +8; Over/Under: +140
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The Iona Gaels and the Siena Saints meet in college basketball action from the MVP Arena on Friday night. Who comes out on top in Friday night MAAC-tion? Let’s find out with our Iona vs. Siena Prediction.

Iona Team Preview

The Iona Gaels come into this game looking to bounce back from a 91-87 loss to Quinnipiac last time out. Idan Tretout leads Iona in scoring with 14.3 PPG and 2.9 RPG along with 2.4 APG while Greg Gordon has 13 PPG with a team-high 6.2 RPG. Wheza Panzo has 10.2 PPG to round out the scoring in double figures for Iona up to this point in the year while Joel Brown has a team-high 3.3 APG as well this season. As a team, Iona is averaging 72.4 PPG on 43.3% shooting from the field, 35.8% from three and 65.6% from the foul line this season.

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Siena Team Preview

The Siena Saints look to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 50-48 loss to Marist last time out. Sean Durugordon has a team-high 23 PPG and 8.4 RPG through 8 games so far this year while Michael Eley’s added 14.1 PPG with 5.5 RPG through 11 games up to this point. Giovanni Emejuru has 10.8 PPG with 6.2 RPG to cap off the scoring in double figures so far this season while Zek Tekin has 9.1 PPG with a team-high 3.6 APG to lead the Saints in the assist department. As a team, Siena is averaging 62.1 PPG on 40.8% shooting from the field, 27% shooting from three and 62.7% from the foul line this season.

Iona vs. Siena Prediction

I’m on Iona here. The Saints have looked more competitive since getting guys back from injury, but this is still not a Siena team I’m going out of my way to back, even in the underdog role. Both of these teams are in rebuild mode, which still feels crazy to say, but I feel like Iona’s in a better position and as such, I’ll back them on the road.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Iona -8

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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