Iona Gaels vs Rider Broncs Prediction, 12/18/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Iona Gaels vs Rider Broncs
Date: Friday, December 18, 2020
Location: Alumni Gymnasium (Rider) in Lawrenceville, NJ
Odds/Point Spread: Iona (-3)
The Iona Gaels (2-3) travel to Alumni Gymnasium (Rider) on Friday where they'll take on the Rider Broncs (1-3). The odds on this game have Iona as 3-point favorites. The total opens at 143.5.
Iona heads into this game with a win-loss record of 2-3 on the season. The Gaels are shooting 32.7% from downtown (35 of 107) and 76.4% from the free throw line. They have an average of 68.0 pts per game (243rd in college basketball) while going 42.7% from the field. They turn it over 16.0 times per game and as a basketball team they commit 23.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a unit, Iona is collecting 34.8 rebounds per game and has accumulated 65 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 189th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. On defense, the Gaels have forced 14.8 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 17.0 fouls. The Gaels defense is giving up a FG percentage of 43.2% (115 of 266) and they surrender 34.2 boards per game as a basketball team. They are 154th in D-1 in allowing assists to their opponents with 62 surrendered so far this year. They are giving up 33.7% on 3-point shots and they are ranked 184th in college hoops in PPG allowed (70.4).
The Iona Gaels took the court against the Fairfield Stags and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 67-52 in their last game. Iona ended the contest having earned a 32.7% field goal percentage (18 of 55) and converted 3 of their 14 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Gaels made 13 of their 18 tries for a rate of 72.2%. Regarding rebounding, they compiled 29 with 9 of them being on the offensive end. They also doled out 8 dimes in this contest in addition to getting 6 steals and 2 blocks. With respect to defending, Iona allowed the other team to go 32.7% from the field on 18 out of 55. Fairfield dished out 12 assists and 7 steals for the game. On top of that, the Stags pulled down 36 boards (11 offensive, 25 defensive) and got 2 blocks. Fairfield finished the game at 69.6% when shooting free throws by converting 16 of their 23 tries. They made 5 of 18 attempts from distance.
Isaiah Ross is one guy who played a role in this game. He accounted for 9 points on 2 of 9 shooting. He played 36 mins and pulled down 2 boards. Ross shot 22.2% from the field and also earned 2 dimes. Someone else that saw a lot of time on the hardwood in this game for the Gaels was Nelly Junior Joseph. He pulled down 8 rebounds and accounted for 2 assists. He finished the game shooting 50.0% from the field for this game by shooting 4-of-8 (9 points). When the final whistle was blown, Joseph saw the court for 22 min.
Rider has a win-loss record of 1-3 this season. On the offensive side of the ball, the Broncs are connecting on 44.4% from the field, which is 198th in D-1. Rider has totaled 290 pts on the season (72.5 per contest) and they pull in 33.3 boards per game. They are assisting teammates 15.3 times per contest (92nd in the country) and they are losing possession via turnover 13.8 times per game. The Broncs are responsible for committing 19.5 personal fouls per contest while shooting 71.1% from the charity stripe. The Broncs on the defensive side of the court are 292nd in college basketball in PPG given up with 80.0. They have surrendered 17.8 assists and 35.5 rebounds per contest, which is 312th and 174th in college hoops. The Rider defense allows 37.1% on shots from beyond the arc (36 of 97) and their opposition makes 72.1% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are able to force 12.8 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 47.4% from the field (288th in the nation).
In their last game, the Rider Broncs walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 87-77 against the Manhattan Jaspers. The Broncs recorded 16 defensive rebounds and 5 offensive rebounds totaling 21 for the matchup. They turned away 2 tries while earning 6 steals in this contest. The Jaspers had 22 personal fouls in this game which took the Broncs to the free throw line for 21 attempts. They were able to knock down 15 of the free throw attempts for a rate of 71.4%. When talking about shooting from distance, Rider knocked down 6 of their 17 tries (35.3%). When the final whistle was blown, the Broncs ended up shooting 28 out of 58 from the floor which had them at 48.3%. The Broncs allowed the Jaspers to convert 28 out of their 49 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 57.1% in this matchup. They finished 35.0% from 3-point land by going 7 of 20 and finished the contest at 24 of 33 from the free throw line (72.7%). With respect to attacking the glass, Rider permitted Manhattan to pull down 31 in all (8 on the offensive glass).
Dwight Murray saw the court a lot for the Broncs for the matchup. He knocked down 6 of 16 in this matchup giving him a field goal percentage of 37.5%, which had him finishing with 13 points. Murray snagged 4 boards in his 35 minutes played and had 4 assists for this contest. Another guy who was a determining factor for Rider was Christian Ings. He racked up 15 points in his 22 minutes on the court via 5 out of 9 shooting for the contest. Ings ended up shooting 55.6% from the floor as well as contributing 4 assists and 2 rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Rider (+3) and over 143.5 points
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