Free NCAA Basketball Pick - Iona Gaels vs Fairfield Stags

Joe Catalano

Monday, January 2, 2017 6:41 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 6:41 PM UTC

The Iona Gaels are a slight betting favorite on the road against the Fairfield Stags and for good reason. They recently recovered with a 93 point output against Marist and they come into this game with momentum on their side as they face a Stags team which has lost 4 out of their last 5 games.

  Iona Gaels vs Fairfield Stags  


With their struggle, Fairfield has been kind to the bettor, going 5-1 ATS this season.


Limited Minutes, Tons of Production

While Sam Cassell Jr. has faded away as the leader of this squad, senior forward Jordan Washington hs taken control of the Gaels squad and has given them all that they could've asked for considering that he only play's 20 minutes per game.

Washington is coming off of one of his best games of the season against Marist in which he shot 10 of 14 from the field and finished up with 26 points and 8 rebounds. What's even more amazing is that he accomplished this in just 21 minutes of play. Washington does have a tendency of getting into foul trouble and that's his one real weakness, but when he's on the court, he's fairly dominant.

For the season, Jordan Washington leads Iona in scoring at 17.7 points per game to go along with 7 rebounds at over 60% shooting from the field. Efficiency is the name of his game as he get's down in the trenches, but Iona need's him to avoid foul trouble especially in a game like this as Fairfield has their own unstoppable forces in Tyler Nelson and Amadou Sidibe.


Big Man, Little Man Combination

This is the strength of the Fairfield Stags as they possess a 20 point scorer in 6 foot 3 guard Tyler Nelson and Amadou Sidibe, who will be looking to compete with Jordan Washington for those loose balls. Sidibe is averaging a near double-double with 9.2 points and 11.2 rebounds per game. His main focus in this game will be to stop Jordan Washington as his offense is secondary.

As for their offense, Fairfield has an ace in the hole in Tyler Nelson as this is a player that will consistently put up 20 points per game and has the ability to sink the 3 ball and is almost automatic from the free throw line. In a game that's could be close such as this, Nelson could make the difference.

In 2 out of his last 3 games, he's made 5 -3-pointers on each occasion. One of those games being against a tough N.C.State team in which he lit the Wolfpack up for 23 points.

Momentum is the key to this game. Both teams have played poorly as of late, but Fairfield can't buy a win and they're facing one of the tougher teams in their conference.


Free NCAAB Pick: Iona Gaels -4 (-107) Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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