Princeton Tigers at Iona Gaels Free Pick 12/17/19

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The Princeton Tigers (2-7) and the Iona Gaels (2-3) square off at Barclays Center. Action gets underway at 4:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 17, 2019.

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In the Gaels’ last matchup, they got blown out by the UConn Huskies, 80-62. Iona’s Tajuan Agee had a good performance, finishing with 14 points and eight rebounds. UConn’s rebounding was their largest strength. The Huskies had more offensive rebounds (19 vs. 11), defensive rebounds (25 vs. 20) and total rebounds (44 vs. 31).

The Tigers hope to maintain momentum after defeating the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights in their last matchup, 80-65. Princeton was lifted by Richmond Aririguzoh, who led the team in scoring with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting. Princeton played a nearly perfect game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 42.9 (above their season average of 28.5) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.606 (above their season average of 0.499). For those same stats, Fairleigh Dickinson had marks of 19.4 and 0.455, respectively.

The Tigers won the sole game against the Gaels last season, 85-81. The Tigers dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.188 and a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 28.6. The Gaels recorded marks of 0.127 and 23.5, respectively, for those same stats.

Getting to the line might be hard to come by for Princeton in this showdown. Dating back to the 2018-19 season, the Tigers rank 234th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.218, while Iona ranks 94th in FTA rate allowed (0.191).

Iona vs. Princeton Prediction

Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Princeton, ATS Winner – Princeton, O/U – Under

Notes

Betting Notes (2018-Present):

The Gaels rank 89th in steals per game (7.0) while the Tigers rank 110th in steals allowed per game (6.6).

Princeton ranks 22nd in three pointers allowed per game (20.4) while Iona ranks 232nd (25.3).

The Tigers rank 33rd in rebounds allowed per game (34.8) while the Gaels rank 198th (37.1).

Princeton averages 10.8 assists per game, which ranks 188th in the country. Iona ranks 219th in assists allowed per game (15.2).

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