The Marist Red Foxes (2-13, 1-5 MAAC) can end a six-game home losing streak when they clash against the Iona Gaels (4-8, 2-3 MAAC) at McCann Center. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 19, 2020.
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The last time the Gaels played, they were victorious over the Fairfield Stags, 64-57. Tajuan Agee was Iona’s high scorer with 13 points on 6-for-11 shooting. The Gaels held the Stags to an effective field goal percentage of 0.426 (below the 0.532 mark opponents have averaged against Iona this season) and had a turnover percentage of 15.3 (better than their season average of 20.4).
The Red Foxes are hoping for a better outcome after their 74-66 loss to the Monmouth Hawks in their last matchup. With 11 points and 13 rebounds, Michael Cubbage put together a solid game for Marist. Monmouth had a free throw rate of 0.463 (above their season average of 0.230). Marist, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.3 (above their season average of 26.1).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after splitting two games last season. The Red Foxes won the last game 78-74. Marist’s 0.293 free throw rate was their largest strength over Iona, who had a rate of 0.254.
This has potential to be an error-filled game for the offense of Marist. Marist ranks 245th in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 20.3 percent), while the disruptive defense of Iona forces the 93rd-most turnovers in the country (21.3 percent).
Iona vs. Marist Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Iona, ATS Winner – Iona, O/U – Under
The Red Foxes are fifth in the country with 2.0 blocks allowed per game while the Gaels are 31st with 2.6 blocks allowed per game.
Iona ranks 65th in three pointers attempted per game (24.9) while Marist ranks 168th in three pointers allowed per game (22.9).
The Gaels rank 173rd in assists per game (12.4) while the Red Foxes rank 253rd (9.0).
Marist averages 7.0 steals per game, which ranks 103rd in the NCAA. Iona ranks 174th in steals allowed per game (7.6).
The Red Foxes’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 8.8, down from 9.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Gaels have scored an average of 67.4 points per game (0.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 68.2 points per game (4.1 below their season average).