MAAC foes will collide when the Iona Gaels (4-9, 2-4 MAAC) go head-to-head with the Canisius Golden Griffins (8-10, 3-4 MAAC) at the Hynes Athletics Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, January 24, 2020.
Canisius Golden Griffins at Iona Gaels Betting Preview
The Golden Griffins defeated the Rider Broncs in their last matchup, 95-86. Malik Johnson led Canisius in scoring with 18 points on 6-for-14 shooting. Canisius’ 0.680 effective field goal percentage was their largest advantage over Rider, who had a mark of 0.542. The Golden Griffins’ mark was above their season average of 0.489.
The last time the Gaels took the floor, they were defeated by the Marist Red Foxes, 83-73. With 14 points and five assists, Iona’s Isaiah Washington had a good outing. Marist held the Gaels to an offensive rebounding percentage of 13.9 (below their season average of 27.3). Iona, on the other hand, forced the Red Foxes into a turnover percentage of 23.4 (above their season average of 17.6).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Gaels won both meetings played against each other last season. In the most recent game, Iona won 87-80. The Gaels played a nearly flawless game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.442 and an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 44.0. The Golden Griffins put up marks of 0.133 and 32.3, respectively, for those same stats.
This has potential to be an error-filled game for the Iona offense. Iona ranks 322nd in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 22.2 percent), while the pesky defense of Canisius forces the 30th-most turnovers in the country (23.7 percent).
Canisius vs. Iona Odds Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – Iona, ATS Winner – Iona, O/U – Over
The Gaels allow the 37th-fewest blocks per game (2.7) while the Golden Griffins rank 54th (2.9).
Canisius ranks 225th in rebounds per game (33.8) while Iona ranks 233rd (33.5).
Iona ranks 46th in three pointers attempted per game (25.8) while Canisius ranks 217th (19.7).
The Golden Griffins average 14.6 assists per game, which ranks 70th in the country. The Gaels rank 234th in assists allowed per game (16.2).
Iona ranks 36th in steals per game (8.3) while Canisius ranks 166th in steals allowed per game (7.4).
The Gaels’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 2.6, down from 5.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Golden Griffins have scored an average of 69.4 points per game (1.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 69.4 points per game (1.9 below their season average).