Planning on watching today’s Gaels and Broncs game? Catch the action at Alumni Gymnasium (Rider) in Lawrenceville, NJ, as the Broncs hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 145.5 points, and Rider is favored by -1.5 to win at home against Iona.

IONA GAELS VS RIDER BRONCS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Rider Broncs -1.5

This game will be played at Alumni Gymnasium (Rider) at 7:00 ET on Friday, February 23rd.

WHY BET THE RIDER BRONCS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Broncs.
  • Not only will Rider pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 145.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Will the Gaels Pull Through as the Away Underdog?

Today, Iona comes in as the underdog, as they are getting 1.5 points. This season, they have a record of 13-12 and are 8-6 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. On the road, the Gaels are 5-7, and their average scoring margin is -0.9 points per game.

Over their last ten games away from home, Iona has gone 5-5. In their most recent game, they lost to Saint Peter’s by a score of 59-53. So far, they have been the underdog in six games, and they have yet to win any of them.

As the underdog this season, Iona has gone 3-3 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 7-5 and over their last 10 road games, they have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 145.5 is higher than the average over/under line in Iona games this year (144.1). So far, 14 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is just 130 points.

In contrast to their season average of 73.1 points per game, the Iona had a below average performance. They scored 53 points against Saint Peter’s and had a field goal percentage of 31.7%. 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 13.7 points per game this season.

On the defensive side, Iona is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 71.1 points per game. The Iona defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 59 points and allowed Saint Peter’s to connect on 4 threes.

Does Rider Have What it Takes at Home?

After a 104-62 win over Manhattan, Rider comes into this game with a 10-16 record. They have won two games in a row and have gone 7-8 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.

At home, the Broncs have gone 5-4 this season and have an average scoring margin of +5.3 points per game. As the favorite, they have gone 5-4 this season, and they are favored by 1.5 points today.

As the favorite this season, Rider has gone 5-4 vs. the spread. At home, the Broncs have an ATS mark of 5-4 and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 5-5.

This season, the over/under record in Rider games is 16-9 and today’s line of 145.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (142.4). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 140 points and their OU record in their last three games is 2-1.

Rider is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 104 points vs. Manhattan. This figure is more than their season average of 73 points per game. The top scorer for the Broncs was Mervin James with 20 points, while Allen Powell also chipped in with 15 points.

At this time, the Broncs’ defense is positioned 232nd in the country, permitting 74.1 points per game. In their previous game vs. Manhattan, the Jaspers finished with a field goal percentage of 34% and a total of 62 points vs. Rider.