MAAC foes will collide when the Iona Gaels (5-9, 3-4 MAAC) challenge the Monmouth Hawks (11-7, 5-2 MAAC) at the Hynes Athletics Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 26, 2020.
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In the Hawks’ last matchup, they defeated the Niagara Purple Eagles, 82-71. With 16 points and 11 rebounds, Ray Salnave had a solid performance for Monmouth. Monmouth dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 (above their season average of 23.7) and a free throw rate of 0.313 (above their season average of 0.238). For those same stats, Niagara put up marks of 14.7 and 0.211, respectively.
The Gaels come in on a high note after just getting past the Canisius Golden Griffins in their last outing, 69-66. With 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting, Tajuan Agee was the game’s leading scorer. Iona dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.175 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 15.0 (better than their season average of 19.7). Canisius was 0.143 and 17.5, respectively, for those same stats.
It could be a sloppy game for the Iona offense. Iona ranks 319th in the NCAA in ball protection (turnover percentage of 21.8 percent), while the ball-hawking defense of Monmouth forces the 61st-most turnovers in the NCAA (22.1 percent).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Hawks won 73-61. The Hawks dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 16.8 and an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.480. The Gaels had marks of 27.3 and 0.362, respectively, for those same stats. Isaiah Ross scored a game-high 17 points.
Monmouth Hawks at Iona Gaels Betting Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Iona, ATS Winner – Iona, O/U – Under
Monmouth ranks 37th in steals per game (8.1) while Iona ranks 174th in steals allowed per game (7.5).
The Gaels have outscored opponents by an average of 0.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Iona has lost by an average of 4.6 points.
During their last five games, the Hawks have scored an average of 75.0 points per game (6.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 68.8 points per game (1.0 below their season average).