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Iona vs. Monmouth - 3/11/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Monmouth vs. Iona
Date & Time Monday March 11, 2019, 9:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Times Union Center
Albany, New York
The Line
The Line: Iona -4.5 -- Over/Under: 143
TV Channel
ESPN2
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The Monmouth Hawks and Iona Gaels meet Monday in the college basketball MAAC Championship at the Times Union Center.

The Monmouth Hawks look for one more win after already beating Niagara, Quinnipiac and Canisius. The Monmouth Hawks are averaging 64.2 points on 40.7 percent shooting and allowing 70.6 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Ray Salnave is averaging 12.2 points and 2.8 assists while Deion Hammond is averaging 11.7 points and 2.1 rebounds. Mustapha Traore is grabbing 5.3 rebounds and Louie Pillari is grabbing 1.8 rebounds. The Monmouth Hawks are shooting 29.6 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. The Monmouth Hawks are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.7 rebounds per game. The Monmouth Hawks have won six of their last seven non-home games.

The Iona Gaels look for one more win after beating Saint Peter’s and Siena. The Iona Gaels are averaging 76.8 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 76.8 points on 44.7 percent shooting. E.J. Crawford is averaging 18.1 points and 1.8 assists while Rickey McGill is averaging 15.6 points and 4.5 rebounds. Tajuan Agee is the third double-digit scorer and Asante Gist is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Iona Gaels are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Iona Gaels are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game. The Iona Gaels have won their last six non-home games.

The Hawks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Monday games, 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Gaels are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games, 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 Monday games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The under is 10-4 in Gaels last 14 overall. The under is 23-10-1 in Hawks last 34 neutral site games.

In the two meetings this season, Monmouth and Iona have combined for 351 points, and they both enter this contest shooting over 46 percent from the field in their last five games. Instead of picking a side in this championship contest, I'm going to lean toward the over given the explosion of points these teams seem to produce when playing each other. Sure, title games seem to lean toward defense, but this total seems way too low.

Pick:
Over 143

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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