BYU Cougars vs. Iona Gaels
The Brigham Young Cougars and the Iona Gaels battle it out on Tuesday in Dayton for a shot to take on Marquette on Thursday in the NCAA Tournament.
The BYU Cougars played their first season in the West Coast Conference and while it may not been as good of a season as they had a year ago Dave Rose’s team has made it to the Big Dance, sort of. BYU was 13-4 out of conference this season, 4-2 in neutral site games, 0-2 against teams ranked in the top 25, and they have just one win against a team to make the NCAA Tournament. Noah Hartsock is averaging 16.6 points and 5.2 rebounds, Brandon Davies averages 15 points and 7.4 rebounds, Matt Carlino averages 12.9 points and 4.6 assists, and Charles Abouo averages 11.5 points and 6.4 rebounds. As a team the Cougars are averaging 78.2 points, 16.5 assists, and they are shooting 46.5 percent while defensively they allow 66.6 points and their opponents shoot 41 percent. BYU lost in last year’s tourney to Florida and they are looking to use that experience to go further this season though they aren’t the same team.
The Iona Gaels were sitting on the bubble but now Tim Cluess’ team find themselves in the NCAA Tournament in a play in game. Iona was 10-4 in out of conference games, 4-2 in neutral site games, and they don’t have any wins over tournament teams as they played the 161st ranked schedule in the nation. Mike Glover averages 18.5 points and 9.0 rebounds, Lamont Jones averages 16 points, and Scott Machado averages 13.6 points and 9.9 assists. As a team the Gaels are averaging 83.2 points, 19.3 assists, and they shoot 50.4 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.6 points and their opponents are shooting 45 percent from the floor. While Iona didn’t play a big time schedule they have some big time players.
BYU is 6-2 against the spread in their last eight non-conference games, 3-8 against the spread in their last 11 NCAA Tournament games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games overall. Iona is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games, 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven neutral site games, and 0-4 against the spread against a team with a winning record.