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Yale vs. Iona - 12/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Iona Gaels (2-7) at Yale Bulldogs (6-3)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Yale Bulldogs -13.5 -- Over/Under: 159.5
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Saturday college basketball action gives us the Iona Gaels facing the Yale Bulldogs. 

The struggling Iona Gaels are mired in a five game slide following an 85-81 loss to Princeton as a 3.5 point underdog. This was close throughout with both teams sinking shots in the 47% range with Princeton making four more free throws which was decisive.

EJ Crawford kept the Gaels within striking distance with 21 points on 7-14 accuracy including 5-6 from beyond the arc followed by Tajuan Agee with 15 points on 6-9 from the floor. Iona received 13 points and seven boards from Ben Perez on 5-13 while Andrija Ristanovic and Isaiah Still tossed in eleven points and nine points respectively.

The Yale Bulldogs are on a bit of a hot streak with wins in five of six after upending Monmouth 66-58 as a ten point road favorite on Thursday. Yale didn’t take control until late with a 37-27 second half run behind a 41.8%-37.5% shooting advantage and a 10-24 performance from beyond the arc. 

Miyi Oni led all scorers with 20 points  and seven rebounds on 7-14 accuracy including four long balls followed by Azar Swain with 14 points on 4-6 from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs received a combined 19 points and 17 rebounds from Blake Reynolds and Jordan Bruner while four others contributed 13 points.

Iona Gaels are 16-36 ATS in their last 52 non-conference games and Iona Gaels are 5-17 ATS in their last 22 games overall and Iona Gaels are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Ivy League. Yale Bulldogs are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and Yale Bulldogs are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS loss and Yale Bulldogs are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic.

Iona isn’t very good although there are a lot of points but I’m probably looking elsewhere rather then back the Gaels…

Pick:
Iona +13.5

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