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Siena vs. Iona - 2/12/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iona Gaels (16-10) at Siena Saints (7-19)
Date & Time Monday February 12, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Siena Saints +8 -- Over/Under:
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NCAA BB | Iona Gaels (16-10) at Siena Saints (7-19)

The Iona Gaels and Siena Saints meet Monday in college basketball action at the Times Union Center.

The Iona Gaels look for another victory after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Iona Gaels are averaging 79.4 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 75.7 points on 45.7 percent shooting. Rickey McGill is averaging 13.7 points and 5.6 assists while E.J. Crawford is averaging 12.7 points and 3.3 rebounds. Deyshonee Much is the third double-digit scorer and Roland Griffin is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Iona Gaels are shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Iona Gaels are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.3 rebounds per game. The Iona Gaels have won four of their last six road games.

The Siena Saints need a victory here after losing five of their last six games. The Siena Saints are averaging 67.3 points on 42.1 percent shooting and allowing 74.4 points on 44.1 percent shooting. Nico Clareth is averaging 15.1 points and 3.4 rebounds while Roman Penn is averaging 9.7 points and three assists. Ahsante Shivers is dishing 1.3 assists and Prince Oduro is grabbing five rebounds. The Siena Saints are shooting 36.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line. The Siena Saints are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.7 rebounds per game. The Siena Saints have split their last six home games.

The Gaels are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games following a ATS win, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 Monday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Saints are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 3-10 ATS in their last 13 Monday games and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Gaels are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Siena, the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.

These teams have a history of playing close games, but Iona has been on the winning side in eight of the last 10 meetings against Siena. With the Siena Saints banged up and struggling to score, it's tough seeing this game being any different. Siena is shooting just 66.2 points on 42.3 percent shooting at home this season, and that's not good enough against an Iona team that can really shoot the basketball. Iona hasn't had much success ATS as big favorites thiss season, but I can't back Siena in its current form. I have no choice but to eat the chalk.

Iona Gaels -8

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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