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Iona vs Quinnipiac Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 8th Betting Odds

Gaels vs Bobcats Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Iona Gaels at Quinnipiac Bobcats
  • Where: Hamden at M&T Bank Arena
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds: Iona -6, IONA -270 | QUIN +214 O/U 146.5

Gaels Preview:

The Iona Gaels head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 11-4. So far, the Gaels have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 5-4. This season, Iona has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 10-3. For today’s contest, Iona has a betting line set -6 points in their favor.

Nelly Junior Joseph comes into today’s game as the Gaels’ leading scorer at 16.57 points per contest. Not only has Joseph been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Iona’s top rebounder at 8.5 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 16.43 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.1% of his shots and is adding 4.79 boards per game.

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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 15 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.

Bobcats Preview:

Through 16 games, the Quinnipiac Bobcats have an overall record of 11-5. So far this season, Quinnipiac has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 4-3. For the season, Quinnipiac has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 3-2. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bobcats being +6 point underdogs.

Quinnipiac’s leading scorer this season is Dezi Jones, who is averaging 11.06 points per contest. So far, Jones has accounted for 15.09% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.75 rebounds per game and 3.19 assists. Ike Nweke is the second leading scorer for the Bobcats, averaging 11.0 points per game. Between him and Nweke, they are accounting for 30.1% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Quinnipiac this season, as they are currently ranked 178th in college basketball at 71.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Bobcats’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.5%, placing them 216th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Quinnipiac Bobcats +6

In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the Iona Gaels are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -6. However, we anticipate Quinnipiac putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Gaels as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Bobcats to cover.

 


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