Towson Tigers vs Iona Gaels Prediction, 12/29/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Towson Tigers vs Iona Gaels
Date: Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Location: Hynes Athletics Center in New Rochelle, NY
Odds/Point Spread: Towson (+4)
Hynes Athletics Center is the site where and the Iona Gaels (5-3) will play the Towson Tigers (1-4) on Tuesday. Towson opens this matchup as 4-point dogs. The over/under opens at 138.5.
Towson enters this matchup with a record of 1-4 so far this season. The Tigers are shooting 29.6% on shots from beyond the arc (24 of 81) and 70.8% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 66.0 pts per contest (280th in D-1) while hitting 40.2% from the floor. They cough up possession 13.4 times per contest and as a unit they commit 17.4 personal fouls every game. As a team, Towson is pulling in 40.2 boards per contest and has tallied 42 assists this season, which has them ranked 314th in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. When they are on the defensive end, the Tigers are forcing 10.0 turnovers per contest while drawing 17.8 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 36.7% on three-point shots and they are 283rd in college basketball in opponents PPG (77.0). The Tigers defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 44.5% (142 of 319) and they concede 37.4 boards per contest as a squad. They rank 124th in college hoops in giving up assists to their opponents with 77 surrendered on the year.
The Towson Tigers faced the Coppin State Eagles and earned the victory with a final of 78-73 in their last game. Towson ended the contest with a 45.7% FG percentage (32 out of 70) and converted 5 of 16 shots from 3-point land. When they shot from the charity stripe, the Tigers converted 9 of their 11 attempts for a percentage of 81.8%. When discussing getting rebounds, they earned 51 with 14 of them being offensive. They also dished out 15 assists for the contest in addition to having 3 steals and 2 blocked shots. With regard to defense, Towson allowed their opponent to shoot 45.7% from the floor on 32 of 70 shooting. Coppin State distributed 15 dimes and had 5 steals for this contest. Furthurmore, the Eagles grabbed 26 rebounds (5 offensive, 21 defensive) and added 2 blocks. Coppin State ended up going 45.0% from the free throw line by making 9 of 20 attempts. They converted 12 of 37 attempts from distance.
Nicolas Timberlake is a player who came through for this contest. He ended up walking away with 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting. He played for 32 mins and snagged 5 boards. Timberlake finished the game at 58.3% from the field and also dished out 2 assists. An additional guy that came through in this contest for the Tigers was Juwan Gray. He grabbed 9 boards and also accounted for 3 dimes. He went 44.4% from the floor for the matchup via 4-of-9 (12 points). At the conclusion of this game, Gray played 32 min.
Iona has a win-loss record of 5-3 for the year. Iona has totaled 567 pts this season (70.9 per game) and they grab 35.6 boards per game. The Gaels are committing 22.0 personal fouls every game and they connect on 70.9% from the free throw line. When it comes to offense, the Gaels are connecting on 43.8% from the field, which is 212th in the country. They are dishing out assists 14.6 times per contest (125th in the nation) and they turn the ball over 14.4 times per game. The Gaels on defense are ranked 119th in college basketball in points per game surrendered with 67.1. The Iona defense allows 32.2% on shots from behind the 3-point line (47 of 146) and their opponents are connecting on 70.9% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 11.1 assists and 32.0 total boards per game, which ranks them 76th and 76th in college hoops. They are forcing their opponents into 14.3 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 42.8% from the field (194th in college hoops).
For their last game, the Iona Gaels took home the win by a final score of 85-65 when they faced the Coppin State Eagles. The Gaels pulled down 32 defensive rebounds and 17 offensive boards for a total of 49 for the contest. They rejected 4 shots while earning 7 steals for the game. The Eagles committed 21 personal fouls in the game which took the Gaels to the free throw line for a total of 24 attempts. They were able to make 18 of those for a rate of 75.0%. With regard to three-point attempts, Iona made 11 out of their 32 tries (34.4%). When the final whistle blew, the Gaels ended up going 28 for 67 from the field which had them sitting at 41.8%. The Gaels permitted the Eagles to knock down 22 out of 48 attempts from the field which had them sitting at 45.8% in the game. They wrapped up this game 37.5% from three-point range by hitting 9 of 24 and finished the game at 12 out of 23 from the free throw line (52.2%). Concerning rebounds, Iona permitted Coppin State to grab 22 in total (1 on the offensive side).
Isaiah Ross was important for the Gaels for the matchup. He converted 11 out of 24 in this contest giving him a rate of 45.8%, which gave him 28 points. Ross grabbed 6 boards in his 37 minutes and totaled 4 dimes for the matchup. An additional guy who came through for Iona was Asante Gist. He ended up with 24 points in 35 minutes played by way of 5 out of 12 from the floor in this game. Gist ended up shooting 41.7% from the field while earning 5 assists and 2 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Iona (-4)
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