Last Updated: 2017-03-06
Metro Atlantic Athletic foes will lock horns when the Fairfield Stags (10-9) face the Iona Gaels (10-8) at Arena at Harbor Yard. Action begins at 3:30 pm ET on Sunday, Jan. 24.
The Stags enter this game hoping for similar success after topping Marist 88-76 on Friday. Curtis Cobb was the team’s leading scorer with 21 points on 7-for-11 shooting. The Gaels, meanwhile, are coming off a 64-58 win against Saint Peter’s on Friday. Deyshonee Much played well for Iona, registering 17 points, five rebounds, and three assists.
Tyler Nelson has taken his game to another level over the last five games for the Stags. During that stretch, he has averaged 17.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 2.0 steals, and 1.8 three-pointers.
This is the second game of the season between these two teams, with the Gaels winning the first matchup 101-77. A.J. English had a standout performance in the victory, putting up 46 points, three rebounds, eight assists, two steals, and 13 three-pointers.
Iona takes on Fairfield as a three-point favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at 172 points. The Stags have gone 10-9 Straight Up (SU) and 6-8 Against The Spread (ATS). The Stags are one of the best in Division I in terms of three-point field goals, making 9.0 shots per game from beyond the arc.
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In the other locker room, the Gaels have 10-8 SU and 5-12 ATS records. Iona has not performed well ATS during its last 10 games, earning a 1-9 record. The Gaels rely heavily on three-pointers on offense, ranking 34th in the nation with 179 made (9.0 per game). The Gaels are an unselfish team with an average of 16.4 assists per game, ranking 34th in Division I.
The Gaels’ win over Fairfield in their last clash bumped their SU record over their most recent meetings to 8-2. The Gaels also lead the matchup ATS with a record of 7-3. Iona held the advantage in field goals, rebounds, and three-pointers two times in the last five matchups. On the other side of the court, Fairfield never accomplished this feat in that span.
Predictions: SU Winner – Iona, ATS Winner – Iona, O/U – Over
Iona is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games on the road.
Iona is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Iona’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Fairfield.
Iona is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against Fairfield.
Fairfield is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Iona.
Fairfield is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Iona.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Fairfield’s last 6 games when playing at home against Iona.
Fairfield averages 78.7 points per game (ranked 65th). Iona, on the other hand, allows 76.1 points per game (ranked 277th).
Iona scores 75.5 points per away game (ranked 53rd). Fairfield ranks a poor 335th in points allowed at home, allowing 78.9 points.
The Fairfield Stags average a field goal percentage of 45.1% this season. The Iona Gaels have a poor record of 2-4 when opponents have a FG% of 45.1% or greater.
The Fairfield Stags and the Iona Gaels both rank higher in average effective field goal percentage when compared to their field goal percentages. Fairfield is 119th and 71st in the nation for FG% and eFG% respectively, while Iona is 131st and 64th in these categories.
Fairfield ranks 51st in assists, recording 15.9 per game. Iona ranks 34th with 16.4 assists per game.
The Iona Gaels average 7.1 steals per game. When giving up 7 or more steals, the Fairfield Stags have an underachieving record (3-6) this season.