Iona vs. Marist - 2/16/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iona vs. Marist - 2/16/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Marist Red Foxes (6-16) at Iona Gaels (8-12)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 1:00 pm (Hynes Athletics Center)

The Line: Iona Gaels -8.5 -- Over/Under: 131.5

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The Marist Red Foxes (6-16, 5-8 CONF) and the Iona Gaels (8-12, 6-7 CONF) will meet on Sunday, February 16th for a MAAC matchup at the Hynes Athletics Center in New Rochelle, NY. The game will be played at 1:00 PM eastern time. 

Marist is coming off 57-53 overtime loss at home against Fairfield in their last game. Marist only has six wins on the year, but two of them have come in their last four games. Five of their wins have come in conference play, as MAAC action has not been too bad for the Red Foxes. Iona is currently riding a three-game win streak, and their last win was over Manhattan at home, 80-57. 

Marist has struggled to score points consistently all season long. When you only shoot 38.3% from the field as a team, you are bound to suffer offensive woes. Marist only scores 60.4 points per game, and they allow 65.6 points per game to the opposition. Marist also earns 34.5 rebounds, 9.9 assists, 3.0 blocks, and 6.8 steals per game. 

Iona has had a bit more success on offense this season, but their defense has struggled at times. Recently, however, the defense has been great for the Gaels, and this is the perfect time for improvements to be made. Iona scores 69.2 points per game and allows 71.7 points per game to the opposition. Iona also earns 33.2 rebounds, 13.2 assists, 3.5 blocks, and 7.3 steals per game. 

Marist is 11-11 ATS this season and 7-3 ATS in their last ten games. Marist is also 7-5 ATS on the road so far this season. Iona is 6-13-1 ATS this season and 4-5-1 ATS in their last ten games. Iona is also 2-5-1 ATS at home so far this season.

Iona is riding a nice win streak coming into this game, and I think they have a lot more versatility on offense than Marist. It is hard to take a road dog that cannot score points consistently, so I will take Iona and lay the 8.5 points. 

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