Niagara Purple Eagles (17-10) at Iona Gaels (16-11)
|Date & Time||Friday February 16, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Iona Gaels -6.5 -- Over/Under: 171
The Niagara Purple Eagles will travel to the Hynes Athletics Center to take on the Iona Gaels this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Niagara Purple Eagles won their 3rd straight game and improved to 17-10 (10-4 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Fairfield Stags, 95-83, this past Saturday. Niagara put up 90+ points for the 3rd consecutive game and pulled away in the 2nd half for the victory after taking a 87-67 lead with 5:11 left in regulation. Niagara shot 51.4% from the field and 50.0% (8-16) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Eagles was Marvin Prochet who had a double-double with 19 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. On the season, Niagara is averaging 83.7 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Purple Eagles are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 37.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Niagara has been led by Kahlil Dukes (21.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.4 apg), Matt Scott (19.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.2 spg), Marvin Prochet (9.9 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 bpg), and Dominic Robb (6.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.4 bpg). Defensively, Niagara is allowing their opponents to average 83.7 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Purple Eagles have a rebound margin of -0.5 and a turnover margin of 0.9.
The Iona Gaels dropped to 16-11 (10-5 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by Siena Saints, 82-78 in OT, this past Monday. In a tight back and forth game, Iona had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, however, Rickey McGill’s jumper came up sort and the Gaels couldn’t fight back in overtime after the Saints used a 12-6 run to start the overtime period to take a 78-72 lead with 1:54 remaining. Iona shot 42.9% from the field and 31.6% (6-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Gaels was TK Edogi who had a double-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and a block. On the season, Iona is averaging 79.3 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Gaels are averaging 9.9 three-pointers per game on 38.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Iona has been led by Rickey McGill (13.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.5 spg), E.J. Crawford (12.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.0 apg), Deyshonee Much (11.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.4 spg), and Roland Griffin (10.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.4 apg). Defensively, Iona is allowing their opponents to average 75.9 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Gaels have a rebound margin of -2.7 and a turnover margin of 1.6. Deyshonee Much is questionable for this matchup up due to disciplinary reasons.
The Purple Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Gaels are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games following a straight up loss.
Niagara has won 5 of their last 6 games and have been led by their offense this season that ranks 20th in scoring offense, 85th in three-pointers per game, and 79th in 3P-FG%. Iona has won 4 of their last 7 games and like Niagara, the Gaels are led by their offense that comes into this matchup ranked 56th in scoring offense, 36th in assists per game, and 26th in three-pointers made per game. This game has the making to be a high scoring affair, similar to Iona’s 98-93 (OT) victory earlier this season, however, as I really like what I’ve seen by the Purple Eagles offense as of late and think that they can continue their success against the 273rd ranked scoring defense of the Gaels, I’m going to take Niagara and the points in this one.