Morgan State Bears vs Iona Gaels Prediction, 12/8/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Morgan State Bears vs Iona Gaels
Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2020
Location: Hynes Athletics Center in New Rochelle, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Morgan State (+8.5)
Hynes Athletics Center is the site where and the Iona Gaels (1-1) will play the Morgan State Bears (1-1) on Tuesday. The odds on this matchup have Iona as 8.5-point favorites. The total is set at 142.
Morgan State heads into this game with a win-loss record of 1-1 on the year. The Bears are shooting 34.7% on 3-pointers (17 of 49) and 74.3% from the free throw line. They are averaging 78.5 pts per contest (101st in the country) while going 45.6% from the floor. They are losing possession via turnover 17.0 times per contest and as a unit they commit 20.5 fouls on a nightly basis. As a team, Morgan State is pulling down 36.0 boards per contest and has earned 34 dimes on the campaign, which ranks 213th in D-1 in terms of passing the rock. On the defensive end, the Bears are forcing 16.5 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 18.5 fouls. They are currently ranked 49th in college basketball in allowing assists to the opposition with 24 conceded this season. The Bears defensively are giving up a shooting percentage of 45.3% (53 of 117) and they relinquish 38.0 boards per game as a squad. They are giving up 24.5% from beyond the arc and they are ranked 246th in D-1 in opponents points per game (78.0).
The Morgan State Bears stepped onto the hardwood against the Lincoln Lions and walked away with a win by a score of 102-94 in their last game. Morgan State ended the game having earned a 49.3% field goal percentage (36 of 73) and converted 14 out of their 31 3-pointers. From the charity stripe, the Bears made 16 of their 22 attempts for a rate of 72.7%. When it comes to rebounding, they earned 36 with 11 of them being offensive. They also distributed 22 assists for this game in addition to earning 14 steals and 3 blocked shots. Pertaining to the defense, Morgan State allowed the other team to go 49.3% from the field on 36 of 73. Lincoln recorded 14 dimes and 9 steals in this game. Additionally, the Lions snagged 32 rebounds (9 offensive, 23 defensive) and had 3 blocked shots. Lincoln ended up going 73.3% when shooting free throws by converting 22 of their 30 tries. They also buried 8 of 27 tries from 3-point land.
Lagio Grantsaan is someone who saw a lot of action for the game. He was able to score 19 points on 7 of 11 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 36 minutes and totaled 9 boards. Grantsaan ended up shooting 63.6% from the field and recorded 7 dimes. An additional guy that came through in this game for the Bears was Malik Miller. He had 10 rebounds and also tallied 4 assists. He finished the contest at 71.4% from the field in this matchup by hitting 5-of-7 (15 points). In all, Miller was on the court for 34 min.
Iona has a mark of 1-1 on the year. Iona has accounted for 146 pts for the year (73.0 per game) and they pull down 35.0 rebounds per game. The Gaels are responsible for committing 27.0 personal fouls per game and they shoot 82.1% from the charity stripe. As an offensive unit, the Gaels are hitting on 43.7% from the field, which is ranked 217th in college hoops. They are getting an assist 14.0 times per game (140th in the country) and they turn it over 17.5 times per contest. The Gaels are ranked 260th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 80.0. They have forced 13.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 48.6% from the floor (274th in college hoops). The Iona defense concedes 28.9% on shots from 3-point land (13 of 45) and their opposition knocks down 66.1% of their free throw attempts. They relinquish 12.0 dimes and 33.0 boards per contest, ranking them 122nd and 87th in college hoops.
In their last game, the Iona Gaels walked away with a victory by a final of 82-74 against the Hofstra Pride. The Gaels pulled down 30 defensive boards and 13 offensive boards for a total of 43 for this contest. They also rejected 7 attempts while earning 5 steals for the game. The Pride had 16 fouls for the matchup which got the Gaels to the charity stripe for a total of 19 shots. They were able to convert 16 of them for a rate of 84.2%. When talking about three-point attempts, Iona buried 10 out of their 30 tries (33.3%). When the final whistle blew, the Gaels walked away from this one shooting 28 out of 65 from the field which had them sitting at 43.1%. The Gaels permitted the Pride to knock down 21 of their 51 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 41.2% for this contest. They finished 26.1% from distance by shooting 6 of 23 and finished the game at 26 out of 39 at the free throw line (66.7%). When talking about how they cleaned up the glass, Iona allowed Hofstra to snag 31 overall (6 offensive).
Isaiah Ross played big minutes for the Gaels in the matchup. He converted 10 of 17 in the game for a field goal rate of 58.8%, which earned him 33 points. Ross collected 7 rebounds in his 38 mins and had 3 assists in the matchup. One more player who was a determining factor for Iona was Berrick JeanLouis. He scored 10 points in his 35 minutes on the hardwood via 4 out of 7 shooting for the matchup. JeanLouis finished going 57.1% from the field as well as collecting 2 dimes and 8 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Morgan State (+8.5)
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