The Iona Gaels will take on the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers in a MAAC clash on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Gaels are 20-7 for the season and sit atop the MAAC standings. The Mountaineers are 10-18 for the season and sit in the eighth spot in the conference standings.
The Gaels routed the Mountaineers in their earlier meeting this season by a score of 81-51.
Iona vs Mount St. Mary’s Betting Odds
|Iona Gaels||-550||-10.5 (-110)||Over 137.5 (-110)|
|Mount St. Mary’s||+425||+10.5 (-110)||Under 137.5 (-110)|
Iona vs Mount St. Mary’s Match Details
Fixture: Iona Gaels at Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers
Date and Time: Friday, February 24 at 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Knott Arena, Maryland
Iona vs Mount St. Mary’s Key Stats
The Gaels are on a seven-game win streak and have covered the spread in five of those contests. In their most recent win against the Peacocks, Anton Brookshire scored 22 points, while Nelly Junior Joseph scored 19 points and grabbed ten rebounds as the rest of roster too stepped up to seal the win. Walter Clayton Jr. is averaging 15.9 points and 1.6 steals per game while Nelly is averaging 9.7 rebounds per game and shooting a healthy 54.6% from the field.
Iona is averaging 75.2 points per game on 46% shooting while giving up 65.3 points per game on 40.5% shooting. They are shooting 35.1% from the three-point line and 71.1% from the charity stripe but are restricting their opponents to shoot just 28.9% from downtown and 69.7% from the free-throw line. The Gaels have struggled to keep a healthy rebound differential this season.
The Mountaineers are 3-2 in their five previous games and have covered the spread in only two of those contests. In their most recent win against the Canisius Golden Griffins, Dakota Leffew scored 22 points, while Jedy Cordilia scored 18 points, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out three assists and the rest of the unit did just enough to come out with a win. Jalen Benjamin is averaging 15.2 points and 4.1 assists per game while George Tinsley is averaging 6.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game.
Mount St. Mary’s is averaging 63.4 points on 42.1% shooting and enforcing a decent amount of turnovers per game. They are shooting 36% from the three-point line and 75.1% from the free-throw line and have struggled on the defensive and have failed to maintain a healthy rebound differential this season.
Mountaineers vs Gaels Betting Prediction
The Iona Gaels have been highly influential this season and play the game at a high tempo. Expect them to continue with the same momentum as we approach the conference tournament.
Although the Mountaineers are at home, they will find it difficult to score against a well stacked Iona defense. If not a blowout, then this game should definitely be a one-sided affair. Take the away team to cover the spread in this one.
Pick: Iona Gaels -10.5 (-110)