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Iona vs. Monmouth - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Monmouth Hawks (7-16) at Iona Gaels (15-9)
Date & Time Thursday February 8, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Iona Gaels -8.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN3
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NCAA BB | Monmouth Hawks (7-16) at Iona Gaels (15-9)
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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 after losing six of their last eight games. The Monmouth Hawks are averaging 76 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 78.2 points on 43.4 percent shooting. Micah Seaborn is averaging 13.7 points and 1.9 assists while Deion Hammond is averaging 12 points and two rebounds. Austin Tilghman is the third double-digit scorer and Ray Salnave is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Monmouth Hawks are shooting 39.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.3 percent from the free throw line. The Monmouth Hawks are allowing 36.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.1 rebounds per game. The Monmouth Hawks have lost five straight road games.

The Iona Gaels look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 10 games. The Iona Gaels are averaging 80.3 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 75.8 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Rickey McGill is averaging 14.2 points and 5.5 assists while E.J. Crawford is averaging 12.2 points and 3.1 rebounds. Deyshonee Much is the third double-digit scorer and Roland Griffin is grabbing 5.5 rebounds. The Iona Gaels are shooting 39.7 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Iona Gaels are allowing 35.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.7 rebounds per game. The Iona Gaels have won seven of their last eight home games.

The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Gaels are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 12-31 ATS in their last 43 Thursday games. The road team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

The Iona Gaels already beat Monmouth on the road this season and is as hot ofensively as a team can get, shooting 52 percent from the field and scoring 89 points in their last five games. The Monmouth Hawks have had very little luck on the road this season and are allowing over 76 points. Combine the lack of defense from Monmouth and Iona's explosive offense, you have to like the Gaels by double digits here. 

Pick:
Iona Gaels -8.5

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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