Iona vs Rider Prediction College Basketball Picks 2/23/24

Rider (10-16) vs Iona (13-12)

Game Info: Friday, February 23, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Alumni Gymnasium)

Betting Odds: Rider Broncs +1 -- Over/Under: 146.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Iona Gaels and the Rider Broncs meet Friday in college basketball action from Rider University Alumni Gym. Iona is fresh off a loss to Saint Peter’s that dropped the Gaels to 13-12 overall. As for Rider, they’re 10-16 so far after a win over Manhattan on Sunday. Let’s get into our Iona vs. Rider prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.

Iona Gaels

The Gaels posted an 8-10 run through their first 18 games this year. Iona has since played better on a 5-2 run. The wins during that time have come versus Siena, Fairfield, Rider, Niagara and Manhattan. The losses otherwise were versus Canisius and Saint Peter’s in that time.

On Sunday in the Saint Peter’s game, the Gaels had a tough time finding offense in the first half with a 26-22 deficit. Iona scored just 31 in the second half and limped to a loss 59-53. Greg Gordon managed to double up in the defeat with 15 points and 12 rebounds, though.

Rider Broncs

Over on the Rider side, they were sitting at 8-13 overall after 21 games. Next came a three-game losing streak to Iona, Fairfield and Marist, though. In the last pair the Broncs have managed to bounce back with wins over Mount St. Mary’s and Manhattan.

Matched up against Manhattan on Sunday, the Broncs jumped out to a 50-26 edge by halftime. Rider kept it up in the second half with a 54-36 run and powered out the road win 104-62 in the end. Leading scorer Mervin James finished on 20 points with five assists along the way.

ANDREW’S FREE IONA VS RIDER PREDICTION

I’m going to stay with Rider. You could probably make a case either way here, though. The Broncs are coming off a dominant win over a struggling Manhattan team, posting a stellar 76.4 percent shooting from the field and 73.3 percent (11-of-15) from 3-point range alongside 32 team assists. It was a nice scoring effort from Rider, as they’d hit fewer than 68 points in three straight prior to that.

The Broncs took a tight 94-93 road loss back on February 4 the last time these teams met up. Both shot well and Rider had a 47-28 rebounding edge. The Broncs also coughed up 14 turnovers that led to 25 Iona points, however. If they can clean up the mistakes in this rematch, I think Rider has the inside track on a cover/win.

Andrew’s Pick Rider Broncs +1

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