Iona at Quinnipiac: 2/17/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Iona at Quinnipiac: 2/17/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Quinnipiac Bobcats (5-8) vs Iona Gaels (6-4)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 4:00 pm (People's United Center)

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The Iona Gaels will travel to the People’s United Center to take on the Quinnipiac Bobcats this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Iona Gaels dropped to 6-4 on the season after being defeated by the Manhattan Jaspers, 77-70, this past Saturday. Iona was able to take the first game of the two-game series against Manhattan the night before, however, the Gaels defense struggled in this one and allowed Manhattan to pull away later after the Jaspers closed out the final 3:34 of regulation on a 5-0 run. Iona shot 44.0% from the field and 26.3% from beyond the arc while Manhattan shot 44.2% from the field and 44.4% from beyond the arc. Iona was outrebounded by Manhattan by a 31-29 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 15-14 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Gaels was Isaiah Ross who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, & 3 steals.

On the season, Iona is averaging 72.2 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Gaels are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iona has been led by Isaiah Ross (20.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.6 spg), Nelly Junior Joseph (12.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.7 bpg), Asante Gist (11.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 4.3 apg), Berrick JeanLouis (8.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 2.4 spg, 1.0 bpg).

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Defensively, Iona is allowing their opponents to average 68.1 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Gaels have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of -0.7.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 5-9 on the season after being defeated by the Canisius Golden Griffiths, 89-70, this past Saturday. Quinnipiac struggled defensively against Canisius and could not fight back after the Golden Griffiths took a 53-37 lead with 17:20 left in regulation. Quinnipiac shot 41.5% from the field and 29.4% from beyond the arc while Canisius shot 50.0% from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc. Quinnipiac was outrebounded by Canisius by a 39-26 margin and committed 11 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Savion Lewis who had 15 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, & 1 steal.

On the season, Quinnipiac is averaging 67.3 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Quinnipiac has been led by Jacob Rigoni (12.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.1 apg), Tymu Chenery (10.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Savion Lewis (9.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.1 apg), & Seth Pinkney (9.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.6 bpg).

Defensively, Quinnipiac is allowing their opponents to average 69.8 ppg on 38.3% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of -3.7 and a turnover margin of -3.7.

The Gaels are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Bobcats are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Iona had a long layoff as their two-game series against Manhattan was their first live action since late December and despite losing their last game, I was impressed with how the Gaels looked, especially on the offensive end. Quinnipiac has lost 7 of their last 9 games and have really struggled on the offensive end this season as they come into this game ranked just 268th in scoring offense & 297th in FG%. Quinnipiac needs to rely on their defense to stand any chance, however, as the Bobcats had no answers for Canisius on the defense end, I think the Iona offense can do more than enough in this one to cover this road spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Iona Gaels -3.5

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