Check out our free Iona vs Marist pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Poughkeepsie. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Iona vs Marist Pick & Preview: Friday, January 6th Betting Odds
Gaels vs Red Foxes Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Iona Gaels at Marist Red Foxes
- Where: Poughkeepsie at McCann Center
- Date: Friday, January 6th
- Betting Odds: Iona -12.5, IONA -951 | MARIST +608 O/U 136.5
Iona will take their 3 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 10-4. On the road, the Gaels will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 4-4. So far, the Gaels have been favored 12 times, going 9-3 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Iona as -12.5 point favorites.
Nelly Junior Joseph comes into today’s game as the Gaels’ leading scorer at 16.38 points per contest. Not only has Joseph been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Iona’s top rebounder at 8.23 boards per contest. Behind Joseph, the team has benefited from the strong play of Daniss Jenkins who is second on the team in scoring at 15.92 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.9% of his shots and is adding 4.77 boards per game.
On offense, Iona is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 75.2 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 14 games, they have only hit 33.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 31.84% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Red Foxes Preview:
The Marist Red Foxes head into today’s game in what will be their 13th game of the season, posting a record of 4-8. So far this season, Marist has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 2-4. For the season, Marist has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 1-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Red Foxes being +12.5 point underdogs.
Patrick Gardner comes into today’s game as the Red Foxes’ leading scorer at 17.0 points per contest. Not only has Gardner been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Marist’s top rebounder at 7.33 boards per contest. Behind Gardner, the team has benefited from the strong play of Noah Harris who is second on the team in scoring at 9.5 points per game. Overall, he has hit 28.6% of his shots and is adding 2.17 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Marist this season, as they are currently ranked 277th in college basketball at 68.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Red Foxes’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.4%, placing them 219th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Marist Red Foxes +12.5
For this game between the Iona Gaels and Marist Red Foxes, we think that Marist has a good chance of keeping the game closer than expected. The Red Foxes have historically performed well against the spread as the underdog, posting a record of 3-2 in their last 5 games. Additionally, the two teams have different playing styles, with Iona preferring a faster pace and Marist preferring a slower game. We think this will benefit the Red Foxes, as there will be fewer possessions for Iona to pull ahead. Based on these factors, we feel confident about placing a bet on the Marist Red Foxes to cover as the +12.5 point underdogs.