Iona Gaels vs. Rider Broncs
Sportsbook.com has made the home team the Rider Broncs a 1-point favorite against conference rival the Iona Gaels. The over/under total is listed at 150. Both teams enter the game with identical 4-1 records in the conference.
Iona is 10-6 overall this year and 7-4 against the spread. Rider is 12-5 overall and hold an 8-5 record verses the spread. Iona is coming off an 18-point win verse Loyola-Maryland last weekend. Ionas best player is Junior Michael Glover. He ranks 13th in the nation in scoring with 21.4 points per game and also grabs slightly over 10 rebounds per game.
Rider has won their last six games and has covered the spread in four of those games. Rider had an early season impressive victory when they beat USC on the road 77-57. Riders best all-around player is Novar Gadson who averages 12.4 points per game, which only ranks third on the squad. Justin Robinson averages 15.9 points per game and Mike Ringgold averages 13.1 points per game.
Last season Iona won both games they played against Rider. Neither game was close. In the first match-up Iona won 69-49 and in their second game won 72-59. Additionally both games stayed der the closing number.
This years Rider team is much improved over the team that lost twice. This weekend has been marked on their calendar since the schedule came out. After this big game against Iona, they play conference leader Fairfield at home on Monday. I expect a big home crowd advantage for the Rider Broncs against Iona and feel that they can and will beat Iona despite not having much success verse them last year. I am looking to take the Rider Broncs and lay the 1-point at home. I will also take the under 150 total. Both teams realize the importance of this game and will bring the defensive intensity. My confidence level for both of these picks are quite strong, therefore I will also parlay Rider with the Under. Im really excited to sit back and watch this game and watch the game cash for me. This game will be my key game of the evening with three important plays.
Rider Broncs -1 Iona Gaels
Parlay-Rider and the Under