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Iona vs. Fairfield - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Fairfield Stags and Iona Gaels meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Hynes Athletics Center.

The Fairfield Stags could use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Fairfield Stags are averaging 71.9 points on 43.9 percent shooting and allowing 76.7 points on 47.8 percent shooting. Landon Taliaferro is averaging 13.9 points and 1.2 assists while Neftali Alvarez is averaging 13.2 points and 3.5 assists. Jonathan Kasibabu is the third double-digit scorer and Jesus Cruz is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The Fairfield Stags are shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc and 72.5 percent from the free throw line. The Fairfield Stags are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28 rebounds per game. The Fairfield Stags have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Iona Gaels could also use a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Iona Gaels are averaging 77.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 83.9 points on 47.6 percent shooting. E.J. Crawford is averaging 16.4 points and 1.7 assists while Rickey McGill is averaging 14.6 points and 4.1 rebounds. Tajuan Agee is the third double-digit scorer and Asante Gist is grabbing 2.5 rebounds. The Iona Gaels are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. The Iona Gaels are allowing 39.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.8 rebounds per game. The Iona Gaels have won two of their last three home games.

The Stags are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Gaels are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games and 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Stags are 1-4 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Iona. The over is 4-0 in Gaels last 4 overall. The under is 6-2 in Stags last 8 road games.

You shouldn't be looking to bet on either of these clubs, as they're god awful defensively and haven't provided much betting value in terms of covering numbers. However, if forced to pick, the home team has won nine of the last 10 meetings between Fairfield and Iona, and the Gaels are coming off their best performance of the season, a blowout win over Monmouth. I'll side with Iona and the reasonable chalk based on the history, but there's much better games on Saturday's card.

Iona Gaels -4.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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