Alabama at Iona: 11/25/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Iona Gaels (5-0) vs Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0)
Game Info: Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 5:00 pm (HP Field House)
Betting Odds: Iona Gaels +12 -- Over/Under: 146 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The 10th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide & Iona Gaels will square off at HP Field House this Thursday night in the ESPN Events Invitational.
The 10th ranked Alabama Crimson Tide improved to 4-0 on the season after defeating the Oakland Golden Grizzlies, 86-59, this past Friday night. Alabama was outstanding defensively against Oakland and had no trouble securing the victory after a 11-0 run gave the Crimson Tide a 63-38 lead with 10:57 left in regulation. Alabama shot 43.3% from the field & 27.8% from beyond the arc while holding Oakland to 30.2% shooting from the field & 17.4% from beyond the arc. Alabama lost the turnover battle by a 12-9 margin, however, outrebounded Oakland by a 51-35 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Crimson Tide was Jaden Shackelford who had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, & 2 blocks.
On the season, Alabama is averaging 89.0 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Crimson Tide are averaging 10.8 three-pointers per game on 31.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Alabama has been led by Jaden Shackelford (19.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.3 apg), Jahvon Quinerly (15.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.3 apg), Keon Ellis (14.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.3 spg), & Darius Miles (1.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Alabama is allowing their opponents to average 69.8 ppg on 39.2% shooting from the field. The Crimson Tide have a rebound margin of 9.5 and a turnover margin of -1.0.
The Iona Gaels improved to 5-0 on the season after defeating the Northern Alabama Lions, 81-65, this past Saturday night. Iona led by just a 38-35 margin at halftime, however, was solid defensively in the 2nd half and was able to pull away after taking a 74-50 lead with 6:45 left in regulation. Iona shot 43.3% from the field & 64.3% from beyond the arc while holding North Alabama to 31.3% shooting from the field & 12.5% form beyond the arc. Iona lost the turnover battle by a 14-10 margin, however, outrebounded North Alabama by a 43-34 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Gaels was Quinn Slazinski who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Iona is averaging 74.4 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Gaels are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 35.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iona has been led by Nelly Junior Joseph (16.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.6 bpg), Tyson Jolly (16.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.2 bpg), Dylan Van Eyck (12.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), & Quinn Slazinski (10.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 bpg).
Defensively, Iona is allowing their opponents to average 65.8 ppg on 38.3% shooting from the field. The Gaels have a rebound margin of 3.2 and a turnover margin of -0.6.
The Crimson Tide are 8-4 ATS in their last 12 games. The Gaels are 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up win 7 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 games overall.
Alabama is a solid team and is going to be trouble for any team to slow down, however, despite the solid performance against Oakland defensively, this is still a team that ranks just 201st in scoring defense this season despite playing a somewhat weak schedule to start the season. Iona is the team to beat in the MACC this season and has a bunch of talent in their starting five, led by Nelly Junior Joseph who has NBA level talent. Iona has been solid in both ends of the court and have some solid wins against Hofstra & Liberty this season and as I think Rick Pitino and the Gaels can give Alabama some trouble in this one, I think the play here is to take Iona and the points. Good Luck!