Saint Peter's vs. Iona - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Iona Gaels (11-15) at Saint Peter's Peacocks (16-12)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Yanitelli Center)
The Line: Saint Peter's Peacocks -4 -- Over/Under: 135.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Iona Gaels (11-15, 9-10 MAAC) travel to Jersey City, NJ to take on the Saint Peter’s Peacocks (16-12, 13-6 MAAC) in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference showdown at the Yanitelli Center. The last time these teams met on January 3, Saint Peter’s defeated Iona 75-74 as an 8 ½-point road underdog.
Iona is 6-4 straight up and 5-4-1 against the spread in their last 10 games. Iona is 4-5 straight up and 5-4 against the spread in conference road games this season. On the road, Iona scores 70.4 points per game and allows 72.9 points per game to opponents, and the Gaels have shot 44% from the field, 33.4% from 3 and 77.2% from the free-throw line in those games.
Iona had won 6 of 7 before losing their last two games, and they lost to Quinnipiac 68-69 as 6-point home favorites in their last game. Iona is ranked 226th by KenPom, with the 172nd ranked offense and 287th ranked defense in the country. Iona is led by Senior guard E.J. Crawford, who averages 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, and Senior forward Tajuan Agee, who averages 14.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
Saint Peter’s is 8-2 straight up and 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 games. Saint Peter’s is 8-1 straight up and 7-2 against the spread in conference home games this season. At home, Saint Peter’s scores 69.6 points per game and allows 62.3 points per game, and the Peacocks have shot 42.3% from the field, 38.2% from 3 and 74.3% from the free-throw line in those games.
Saint Peter’s has won 6 of its last 7 games and 10 of its last 12, and they beat Canisius 69-68 as a 2-point road favorite in their last game. Saint Peter’s is ranked 198th by KenPom, with the 295th ranked offense and 83rd ranked defense in the country. Saint Peter’s doesn’t have anyone who averages double-digit scoring, and instead is a team that really scores by committee with ten players averaging between 4.6 and 8.2 points per game.
Iona is 9-1 straight up and 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 games against Saint Peter’s, and the over is 7-2-1 in those games. The over is 5-5 in the last 10 games for Iona and 7-3 in the last 10 for Saint Peter’s.
Iona has dominated this match-up in recent years, but this Saint Peter’s team has been on a roll lately and I think will finish their season with a victory on Senior Night for a bunch of guys used to getting picked on by Iona. Give me the Peacocks.