Iona Gaels vs Fairfield Stags Prediction, 12/11/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Iona Gaels vs Fairfield Stags
Date: Friday, December 11, 2020
Location: Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT
Odds/Point Spread: Iona (-1)
The Fairfield Stags (0-4) play the Iona Gaels (1-2) at Webster Bank Arena on Friday. Iona opens this game as 1-point favorites. The O/U opens at 136.5.
Iona will take the court with a win-loss record of 1-2 on the year. The Gaels are shooting 33.3% on shots beyond the perimeter (25 of 75) and 81.4% from the free throw line. They have an average of 72.7 points per outing (172nd in the country) while hitting 44.6% from the field. They cough up possession 17.7 times per game and as a team they commit 25.0 fouls every game. As a team, Iona is grabbing 33.3 rebounds per contest and has racked up 43 dimes this year, which is 218th in the country in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Gaels are able to force 13.7 turnovers per game while drawing 16.7 fouls. They are currently ranked 133rd in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 44 relinquished this year. The Gaels are giving up a FG percentage of 48.4% (78 of 161) and they surrender 32.3 rebounds per game as a squad. They surrender 37.5% from 3-point land while they are 276th in D-1 in PPG allowed (81.0).
The Iona Gaels played the Morgan State Bears and went home with a loss by a final score of 83-72 in their last game. Iona wrapped up the contest having earned a 46.6% FG percentage (27 out of 58) and knocked down 6 of their 25 shots from beyond the arc. From the charity stripe, the Gaels buried 12 of their 15 attempts for a rate of 80.0%. In the matter of pulling down boards, they collected 27 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 15 dimes for the contest as well as having 6 steals and 5 blocks. In the matter of the defense, Iona allowed 46.6% from the field on 27 of 58. Morgan State distributed 20 dimes and 7 steals for the matchup. Moreover, the Bears collected 28 rebounds (8 offensive, 20 defensive) and added 5 blocked shots. Morgan State walked away from this one shooting 84.6% when shooting free throws by making 22 of their 26 tries. They made 11 of 19 tries from beyond the perimeter.
Isaiah Ross is a player who saw a lot of action for the matchup. He left the arena with 12 points on 5 out of 12 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35 mins played and totaled 3 boards. Ross finished the contest at 41.7% from the field and recorded 2 assists. One more player that played big minutes in this contest for the Gaels was Berrick JeanLouis. He snagged 11 rebounds and collected 2 dimes. He finished the contest at 77.8% from the field for the contest by shooting 7-of-9 (15 points). Overall, JeanLouis saw the court for 26 minutes.
Fairfield has a mark of 0-4 for the year. Fairfield has scored 240 points on the year (60.0 per contest) and they pull down 38.0 boards per game. The Stags commit 18.8 fouls every game and they hit 63.8% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the court, the Stags are shooting 39.2% from the floor, which has them ranked 304th in the nation. They are earning an assist 7.0 times per game (310th in the country) and they are turning it over 15.8 times per game. The Stags on the defensive end are ranked 231st in D-1 in PPG allowed with 75.5. The Fairfield defense gives up 28.9% on 3-pointers (24 of 83) and their opponents are converting on 60.7% of their free throw shots. They have allowed 14.5 dimes and 39.3 boards per contest, which ranks them 219th and 244th in college basketball. They have forced 9.0 TO's every game and allow teams to shoot 43.2% from the field (180th in college hoops).
The last time they took the hardwood, the Fairfield Stags took a loss by a final score of 67-54 against the Hartford Hawks. The Stags were able to corral 25 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive boards totaling 29 in the game. They stuffed 4 shots while earning 4 steals for the contest. The Hawks committed 15 fouls in the matchup which got the Stags to the charity stripe for 8 shots. They were able to make 4 of those for a rate of 50.0%. With regard to 3-point shots, Fairfield knocked down 4 of 22 attempts (18.2%). Overall, the Stags shot 23 out of 55 from the field which gave them a rate of 41.8%. The Stags permitted the Hawks to bury 26 of their 59 attempts from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 44.1% for this contest. They shot 20.8% from beyond the arc by going 5 out of 24 and ended up going 10 of 17 from the charity stripe (58.8%). With respect to rebounds, Fairfield allowed Hartford to snag 33 overall (10 offensive).
Taj Benning saw the court a lot for the Stags in this contest. He buried 6 of 12 for this contest for a rate of 50.0%, which got him 12 points. Benning grabbed 6 boards in his 37 mins and had 2 assists for this contest. Another guy that was important for Fairfield was Jesus Cruz. He walked away with 16 points in 30 minutes on the hardwood by way of 7 out of 11 shooting for this game. Cruz ended up shooting 63.6% from the floor as well as totaling 2 assists and 2 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Iona (-1)
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