Looking to win big? The Gaels and Mountaineers face off at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The Mountaineers are hosting the game at Knott Arena in Emmitsburg, MD. Iona is favored by -1.5 in this Metro Atlantic Athletic conference matchup the against Mount St. Mary’s. The over/under for the game is set at 146 points.

IONA GAELS VS MOUNT ST. MARY’S MOUNTAINEERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers +1.5

This game will be played at Knott Arena at 2:00 ET on Sunday, February 25th.

WHY BET THE MOUNT ST. MARY’S MOUNTAINEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the Mountaineers.
  • Not only will Mount St. Mary’s pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Are Iona Ready for a Road Win?

Coming into tonight’s game, Iona has lost two straight, and they are 13-13 overall. In their last game, they faced off against Rider, and they lost by a score of 78-75.

On the season, the Gaels are 5-8 on the road, and they have gone 4-6 in their last ten games away from home. So far, they have been favored in 19 games, and their record in those games is 13-6.

Overall, Iona has an ATS record of 12-14 this season. On the road, their ATS mark is 7-6. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Gaels have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 146 is higher than the average over/under line in Iona’s games this year (144.1). On the season, their over/under record is 12-14. Over their last three games, their games have finished with an average of 133 points compared to their season average of 144.5.

The Iona offense is coming off a game where they scored 75 points against Rider. They posted a field goal percentage of 43.5% and connected on 12 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Greg Gordon, who holds an average of 15.9 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Idan Tretout is averaging 14 points per game this season.

Currently, the Gaels’ defense holds the 157th rank in the nation, allowing 71.3 points per game. The Iona defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 78 points and allowed Rider to connect on 7 threes.

Can Mount St. Mary’s Pull Out the Win as Home Underdogs?

Mount St. Mary’s has been much better at home this season, going 7-4 compared to 4-12 on the road. Their average scoring margin at home is +8.5, compared to -4.1 on the road. They are also 9-6 when favored, compared to just 2-10 as the underdog.

After losing to Saint Peter’s 70-65, the Mountaineers have dropped three straight games. Their overall record this season is 11-16, and they are 7-9 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.

Mount St. Mary’s has an ATS record of 10-16-1 this season and they are 5-6 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 3 games at home, the Mountaineers have gone 1-2 vs. the spread and they are just 5-5 vs. the spread at home this season.

Mount St. Mary’s over/under record this season is 17-10 and today’s line of 146 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (138.6). So far, 16 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line, including four of their last five contests. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 142 points.

Mount St. Mary’s offense recently wrapped up a game with a total of 65 points against Saint Peter’s. In that game, they made 4/13 three-point attempts and achieved a field goal percentage of 45.3%. Leading the team in scoring is Dakota Leffew, who is averaging 17.4 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Deshayne Montgomery also maintains a PPG average of 11.7 heading into game.

So far, the Mountaineers’ defense is ranked 159th in the country at 71.4 points per contest. In today’s game, the Mount St. Mary’s defense will be looking to once again do a good job defending the three-point line, as they gave up just 4 three-pointers while giving up 70 points.