MAAC foes will collide when the Iona Gaels (2-5) clash against the Saint Peter’s Peacocks (3-6) at the Hynes Athletics Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, January 3, 2020.
Saint Peter’s Peacocks at Iona Gaels Betting Preview
The Peacocks lost a tough one against the Hampton Pirates in their last outing, 70-67. Daryl Banks III had a good game for Saint Peter’s, leading the team in scoring with 17 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Hampton had a turnover percentage of 10.2 (better than their season average of 16.8). Saint Peter’s, meanwhile, held the Pirates to an offensive rebounding percentage of 23.3 (below their season average of 29.6).
In the Gaels’ last outing, they were defeated by the Colorado Buffaloes, 99-54. E.J. Crawford was Iona’s leading scorer with 14 points on 4-for-15 shooting. Colorado won the rebounding battle. The Buffaloes had nine offensive rebounds and 47 total rebounds, while the Gaels had three and 24, respectively.
The Gaels won both contests against the Peacocks last season. In the most recent game, Iona won 73-71. Iona had a much better turnover percentage (7.2 vs. 24.4). Saint Peter’s, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (35.0 vs. 19.4).
The aggressive Iona offense looks poised to dominate from the free throw line. The Gaels rank 44th in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.273, while Saint Peter’s ranks 334th in FTA rate allowed (0.288) dating back to last season. Furthermore, the Peacocks have been among the NCAA’s best on the offensive backboards, ranking fourth in offensive rebounding percentage (32.4 percent). The Gaels, meanwhile, rank 282nd at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 69.1 percent.
Saint Peter’s vs. Iona Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Iona, ATS Winner – Saint Peter’s, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Gaels rank 142nd in assists per game (13.0) while the Peacocks rank 234th (9.6).
Saint Peter’s ranks 49th in blocks per game (5.3) while Iona ranks 122nd (2.9).
Iona ranks 57th in three pointers attempted per game (25.6) while Saint Peter’s ranks 261st (17.7).
The Peacocks rank 34th in rebounds per game (34.0) while the Gaels rank 213th (34.0).
Iona averages 7.2 steals per game, which ranks 91st in the NCAA. Saint Peter’s ranks 187th in steals allowed per game (7.6).