Iona at Rider - 2/27/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Iona at Rider - 2/27/22 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports

Rider Broncs (11-16) vs Iona Gaels (23-5)

Game Info: Sunday, February 27, 2022 at 2:00 pm (Alumni Gymnasium)

Betting Odds: Rider Broncs +8.5 -- Over/Under: 142 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Iona Gaels will travel to play the Rider Broncs in a MAAC game on Sunday.

The Iona Gaels are 23-5 (15-2) this season and have won four games in a row. Iona is coming off of a win against Canisius by a score of 72-65. Iona shot 50.9% from the field and forced 16 turnovers in the win. Elijah Joiner led the Gaels with 16 points and 7 assists in the game. Iona is averaging 75.7 points per game and is giving up 68.5 points per game against, while also averaging 37.2 rebounds per game and 16.1 assists per game. Tyson Jolly is averaging 14.7 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game, while Nelly Junior Joseph is averaging 12.9 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game for the Gaels. Iona is shooting 44.4% on field goals, 69.6% on free throws, and 33.2% on three pointers.

The Rider Broncs are 11-16 (7-10) this season and have lost three of their last four games. Rider defeated Niagara by a score of 70-68 in their last game. Rider shot 46.6% from the field and was +7 in rebounding margin in the game. Dwight Murray Jr. led the Broncs with 18 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Rider is averaging 67.6 points per game and is giving up 69.6 points per game against, while also averaging 37.6 rebounds per game and 12.4 assists per game. Dimencio Vaughn is averaging 12.7 points per game and 8 rebounds per game, while Dwight Murray Jr. is averaging 12.6 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game for the Broncs. Rider is shooting 40.6% on field goals, 72.7% on free throws, and 30.8% on three pointers.

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Iona is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games. The under is 5-0 in Iona’s last 5 games. Rider is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games. The over is 4-1 in Rider’s last 5 home games. The favorite is 3-0-1 ATS in these two teams last 4 head to head meetings.

Iona continues to lead the MAAC standings and has bounced back nicely after losing two games in a row in February. Rider is at home, but has not had a good season. Iona has a high-powered offense and shoots the ball better than Rider. Rider has lost three of their last four games, but all three losses were by a combined 9 points (two in overtime). I like Rider with the points.

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