Iona vs. Rider - 2/21/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Rider Broncs (15-10) at Iona Gaels (9-13)
College Basketball: Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Hynes Athletics Center)
The Line: Iona Gaels -1 -- Over/Under: 149 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Rider Broncs will travel to the Hynes Athletics Center to take on the Iona Gaels this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Rider Broncs improved to 15-10 (9-6 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 79-63, this past Sunday. Rider was outstanding defensively against Quinnipiac and had no trouble pulling away for the victory after taking a 54-33 lead with 13:43 left in regulation. Rider shot 47.0% from the field while holding Quinnipiac to just 34.3% shooting from the field and 21.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Broncs was Dimencio Vaughn who had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists, and steal.
On the season, Rider is averaging 72.6 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Broncs are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Rider has been led by Dimencio Vaughn (14.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.4 spg), Frederick Scott (13.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.4 apg), and Stevie Jordan (11.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.8 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.5).
Defensively, Rider is allowing their opponents to average 70.4 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Broncs have a rebound margin of 5.2 and a turnover margin of -0.6.
The Iona Gaels had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 9-13 (7-8 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Siena Saints, 65-64, this past Wednesday night. Iona fought back from a 40-28 halftime deficit to take a late 62-61 lead late, however, the Gaels couldn’t obtain the come from behind victory after the Saints Elijah Burns the game-winning free-throw for the Saints with just :02 seconds left in regulation. Iona shot just 23.1% from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by the Saints by a 39-29 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Gaels was Tajuan Agee who had 19 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal.
On the season, Iona is averaging 69.4 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Gaels are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 33.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iona has been led by E.J. Crawford (18.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.8 apg), Tajuan Agee (14.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.3 bpg), and Isaiah Washington (10.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.7 spg).
Defensively, Iona is allowing their opponents to average 71.3 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Gaels have a rebound margin of -2.1 and a turnover margin of -0.5.
Rider is just 2-9 ATS in their last 11 road games and 3-10 ATS on the road this season. The Gaels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 3-0 ATS in their last 3 games agianst the Broncs.
The Broncs come into this game ranked 134th in scoring offense, 162nd in FG%, and 39th in rebound margin.
The Gaels come into this match-up ranked 229th in scoring offense, 236th in scoring defense, and 194th in defensive FG%.
Rider is the better overall team, however, the Broncs have really struggled on the road this season and couldn’t handle the Gales at home in early January in a 69-66 loss. Iona has played well as of late which included an impressive 23-point win over Manhattan and as I think the Gaels offense will find success at home agianst the Rider defense, I’m taking Iona to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!