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Iona vs. Monmouth - 1/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Monmouth Hawks (1-12) at Iona Gaels (2-9)
Date & Time Thursday January 3, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: Iona Gaels -6.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The Monmouth Hawks and Iona Gaels meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Hynes Athletics Center.

The Monmouth Hawks could use a win to rebound from a brutal 1-12 record. The Monmouth Hawks are averaging 60.1 points on 38.3 percent shooting and allowing 75.7 points on 44.6 percent shooting. Ray Salnave is averaging 12.2 points and 4.2 rebounds while Deion Hammond is averaging 10.1 points and 1.3 assists. Mustapha Traore is grabbing 5.5 rebounds and Louie Pillari is dishing 1.3 assists. The Monmouth Hawks are shooting 25.4 percent from beyond the arc and 70.4 percent from the free throw line. The Monmouth Hawks are allowing 37.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.8 rebounds per game. The Monmouth Hawks have lost six of their last seven road games.

The Iona Gaels also need a win that would snap a seven-game losing streak. The Iona Gaels are averaging 75.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 83.9 points on 47.6 percent shooting. E.J. Crawford is averaging 16.1 points and 1.4 assists while Rickey McGill is averaging 13.3 points and 4.3 rebounds. Tajuan Agee is the third double-digit scorer and Asante Gist is grabbing 2.7 rebounds. The Iona Gaels are shooting 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 71.3 percent from the free throw line. The Iona Gaels are allowing 38.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.5 rebounds per game. The Iona Gaels have split their two home games this season.

The Hawks are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. The Gaels are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 home games, 7-20 ATS in their last 27 Thursday games and 6-20 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Iona. The under is 5-1 in Hawks last 6 Thursday games. The over is 7-3 in Gaels last 10 overall.

These teams have a combined three wins and the road team has won six of the last seven meetings between Monmouth and Iowa. The points is worth a look when you factor in those two things. The problem is the Monmouth Hawks are shooting under 40 percent from the field and are being outscored by 15.6 points on the season. Sure, the Iona Gaels are bad, but they're not that bad. The Monmouth Hawks are probably the worst team in college basketball at the moment. I have to eat the chalk if forced to pick this game.

Pick:
Iona Gaels -6.5

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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