Monmouth at Iona: 2/19/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Iona Gaels (6-5) vs Monmouth Hawks (10-5)
Game Info: Friday, February 19, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Hynes Athletics Center)
Betting Odds: Iona Gaels -1 -- Over/Under: 151.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Monmouth Hawks will travel to the Hynes Athletics Center to take on the Iona Gaels this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Monmouth Hawks won their 2nd straight game and improved to 10-5 on the season after defeating the Manhattan Jaspers, 71-69 (OT), on February 6th. Monmouth allowed Manhattan to fight back from a 55-45 deficit with 7:28 left in regulation to force OT, however, the Hawks were able to pull out the victory after a Melik Martin three-pointer gave Monmouth a 69-65 lead with 1:37 left in OT. Monmouth shot 33.3% from the field and 23.8% from beyond the arc while Manhattan shot 36.5% from the field and 30.0% from beyond the arc. Monmouth was outrebounded by Manhattan by a 50-47 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 20-12 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Hawks was Melik Martin who had a double-double with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, & 1 steal.
On the season, Monmouth is averaging 77.9 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Hawks are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 38.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Monmouth has been led by Deion Hammond (17.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.1 spg), George Papas (13.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.8 apg), Melik Martin (11.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg), & Marcus McClary (6.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.3 apg).
Defensively, Monmouth is allowing their opponents to average 72.8 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Hawks have a rebound margin of -0.4 and a turnover margin of 1.7.
The Iona Gaels lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 6-5 on the season after being defeated by the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 74-70, this past Wednesday. Iona was able to fight back from a 34-25 halftime deficit to take a 60-55 lead with just 5:43 left in regulation, however, the Gales defense struggled down the stretch and allowed Quinnipiac to pull away after the Bobcats took a 67-61 lead with 2:45 left in the game. Iona shot 45.0% from the field and 36.0% from beyond the arc while Quinnipiac who had 42.6% from the field and 36.0% from beyond the arc. Iona outrebounded Quinnipiac by a 32-30 margin, however, did lose the turnover battle by a 15-12 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Gaels was Isaiah Ross who had 18 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, & 2 steals.
On the season, Iona is averaging 72.0 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Gaels are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iona has been led by Isaiah Ross (20.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.6 spg), Nelly Junior Joseph (12.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 1.2 apg), Asante Gist (11.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.1 apg), & Berrick JeanLouis (8.5 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.5 apg, 2.5 spg).
Defensively, Iona is allowing their opponents to average 68.6 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Gaels have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of -0.9.
The Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Gaels are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 Friday games.
Iona is a solid team, however, I cannot say I have been overly impressed with what I have seen from the Gaels in their last two losses against Manhattan & Quinnipiac. Monmouth has won 7 of their last 8 games and as I think the Hawks offense, which ranks 54th in scoring offense & 19th in 3P-FG%, will have success against the Gaels defense, I think the play here is to take the Hawks and the point. Good Luck!