Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Stags and Gaels. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Gaels at Hynes Athletics Center in New Rochelle, NY. Get ready to place your bets! This Metro Atlantic Athletic conference matchup has an over/under of 145.5 points, and Iona is favored to win by -5 at home vs. Fairfield.
FAIRFIELD STAGS VS IONA GAELS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Iona Gaels -5
This game will be played at Hynes Athletics Center at 7:00 ET on Friday, February 2nd.
WHY BET THE IONA GAELS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Gaels.
- Not only will Iona pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 145.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Can Fairfield Lock in a Road Win?
As the underdog, Fairfield has gone 4-5 this season, and they are 12-8 overall. On the road, Fairfield is 7-5, and they have won their last two games away from home.
Over their last ten games on the road, the Stags have gone 7-3, and they are 4-1 in their last five games away from home.
As the underdog this season, Fairfield has gone 4-5 vs. the spread. On the road, the Stags have an ATS mark of 6-6 this year and they are 3-4 ATS at home. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Fairfield has a 5-5 ATS record. In their last three road games, the Stags are 1-2 vs. the spread, and over their last five road contests, they have gone 3-2 ATS.
The over/under record for Fairfield this season is 14-5 and today’s line of 145.5 is similar to the average over/under line in their games this year of 143.6. So far, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 143 points and their over/under record in their last 10 games is 8-2.
In their most recent game, the Fairfield offense put up just 64 points vs. the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Overall, they are now averaging 76 points per game which is 153rd in the country. The team’s top scorer is Jalen Leach, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 14.8, while Caleb Fields also carries a PPG average of 14.6 into the game.
Coming into today’s game, the Fairfield defense is giving up an average of 71.0 points per contest. Against Quinnipiac in their most recent game, the Fairfield defense gave up a total of 66 points while allowing Quinnipiac to hit 35% of their shots.
Can the Gaels Grab a Win at Home?
After winning their last game against Siena by a score of 70-51, Iona comes into this matchup with a record of 9-10 on the season. So far, they have gone 5-4 at home and are currently on a two-game winning streak at home. On the year, they have been favored in 13 of their 19 games, going 9-4 in those contests.
For the year, Iona has an average scoring margin of +5.3 points per game at home. Over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 6-4. In their 19 games, they have gone 4-6 on the road compared to 5-4 at home.
As the favorite, Iona has gone 7-6 vs. the spread this season and is 3-0 in their last three games as the favorite. At home, the Gaels have gone 4-5 vs. the spread this year and have a home ATS record of 5-5 in their last 10 games.
So far this season, the over/under record for Iona games is 9-10. Today’s over/under line of 145.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (144.3). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 141 points and their over/under record during that span is 1-2.
In their recent game, the Gaels’ offense concluded with 70 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 72.3 points per contest. Jeremiah Quigley was the leading scorer for the Gaels, putting up 19 points. In addition, Greg Gordon contributed 15 points.
On defense, Iona is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 70.3 points per game. Iona will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Siena to just 37% shooting in their most recent game.