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(6-6) Iona Gaels vs. Niagara Purple Eagles (7-6)
Date: Friday, December 29, 2017
Time: 7:00 PM ET
Venue: Gallagher Center, Lewiston, NY.
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Welcome to 2017/2018 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference college basketball. The two-time defending conference champions Iona Gaels open up play in Niagara.
Iona lost all three of its top scorers from last season’s team that lost in the Round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament. Instead, the fourth, fifth and sixth-leading scorers from last year’s team are now the top three this year.
That’s how it works when you have a good program, which is what Tim Cluess has. This is his eighth season as the main man at Iona and he’s looking for his fourth conference championship (both regular season and tournament).
Cluess’ team lost its first two games, at Albany and Syracuse, by two and nine points, respectively. The Gaels suffered their worst loss two games later when they lost by 12 against Northern Kentucky. Since, they’ve lost just twice: at St. John’s by ten and at Rhode Island by six. Those are the sorts of losses that will gear a dominant mid-major up for its conference schedule.
Niagara Purple Eagles
Niagara came out and played a pretty tough non-conference schedule in its own right, too. The Eagles opened the season with a nice win at St. Bonaventure that looks even better after the Bonnies knocked off Syracuse. But opening games of the season can be misleading.
They then lost three road games in a row: at Minnesota, UMass and BYU and the first two were routes. Niagara has won four of its last five, though, which include three true road wins.
KenPom has Niagara at #207, about eight points worse than Iona but the home court will do something to that number. Matt Scott and Kahlil Dukes will probably finish the season as the highest-scoring duo in the country. As it stands now, they score about 45 a game after putting up 32.5 last year.
CBB Betting Trends:
- Over is 8-2 in IONA last 10 road games.
- IONA are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 Fri. games.
- Over is 8-1 in NIAG last 9 overall.
Free Iona vs. Niagara NCAAB Prediction: Niagara pulls the upset in the home opener.
Iona will be there at the end of the season, but I don’t think this team is as far along as some of Cluess’ teams of the seasons passed. Niagara has two bonafide studs and the home court will be enough to let those two star in an upset win.
4* Free CBB Betting Pick: No odds available but a final score prediction is below.
NCAAB Free Score Prediction: Iona 78 – Niagara 83
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