Iona vs. Saint Peter's - 3/8/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Saint Peter's at Iona
Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Times Union Center)
Iona Gaels -6.5 O/U: 139
The Saint Peter’s Peacocks will match up against the Iona Gaels in college basketball action in the MAAC Tournament on Friday.
Saint Peter’s comes into this one at 10-21 overall. The Peacocks have won four of their last five games, including an epic OT victory 71-68 against Marist on Thursday in the first round of the tournament.
In that victory, Saint Peter’s Davauhnte Turner logged 18 points with three rebounds and three assists. Dallas Watson put up 17 points with four rebounds and three assists in that one for the Peacocks as well.
Over on the Iona side, they’re 14-15 this season. The Gaels are riding a seven-game win streak right now, taking out Manhattan Canisius and Rider in their last three appearances on the court.
In the win over Rider, Iona’s Asante Gist led the team on 22 points with four assists and three rebounds. EJ Crawford also had a nice line for the Gaels in that one with 21 points, eight rebounds and one assist.
Saint Peter’s is 5-0 ATS in their last five neutral-site games and 4-1 ATS in their last five overall. The Peacocks are 4-1 ATS in their last five versus the MAA and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Friday games.
Meanwhile, the Gaels are 6-0 ATS in their last six overall and 5-1 ATS in their last six Friday games. Iona is 0-5 ATS in their last five neutral-site games and 5-0 ATS in their last five after an ATS win.
Iona has had their issues this year, but they played a nice front-to-back game versus Rider and were pretty consistent all the way in the 86-79 victory. The Gaels have come on strong lately, and for the most part are scoring pretty well.
It’s been a nice run against conference opponents for the Gaels, and their confidence level should be pretty hefty. It feels like Iona is in a nice groove right now, and I like them to come out on a solid cover here, so long as the line doesn’t creep up too high.