NCAA Basketball Picks: Loyola Maryland vs. Iona

Joe Freda

Friday, March 1, 2013 1:20 PM GMT

The Loyola-Maryland Greyhounds have cashed two straight tickets on the road, holding their pair of foes to 62 PPG. Will Loyola-Maryland get revenge in their trip to New Rochelle, or can Iona cash here?

Friday’s college hoops betting has Jimmy Patsos’ squad visiting the Iona Gaels, who got the money in January’s 79-71 win over the Greyhounds as 1 ½-point road dogs on the NCAAB odds boards.

Gaels, Jones fall short on the road

Iona logged its third straight loss by two points or less in Saturday’s 65-64 setback to the Indiana State Sycamores. The Gaels held on to collect as a five-point road dog, despite a 2-for-16 outing from three-point land.

Gaels guard Lamont Jones piled in 26 points, while adding team-highs of three assists and five steals. Iona’s David Laury and Tre Boman notched 11 boards each, while mate Sean Armand logged his squad’s sole block.

The battle’s combined 129 points plunged below the ‘total’ of 152 ½, moving the UNDER to 3-1 in the Gaels’ last four games. Iona sank 18-of-21 free throws, including a 10-for-11 day at the line from Jones.

Greyhounds rally past Tennessee State

Loyola-Maryland notched its fifth win in six games with Saturday’s 69-67 victory over the Tennessee State Tigers, cashing as a one-point road dog. The Greyhounds came back from a 49-38 halftime deficit, hitting 48.7 percent of their field buckets.

Greyhounds forward Erik Etherly came away with team-highs of 26 points and eight boards. The senior’s mates R.J. Williams and Dylon Cormier logged five assists and three steals, respectively.

The duel’s combined 136 points jumped above the closing ‘total’ of 135, lifting the OVER to 6-2 in the Greyhounds’ last eight matchups. Loyola-Maryland allowed a 6-for-14 night beyond the arc from the Tigers, while being outrebounded, 32-28.

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Back Iona as home ‘chalk’

5Dimes.eu opened Iona as a 5 ½-point home favorite, with the number holding steady after mixed initial betting action. The Gaels remain home for Sunday’s season finale with the Siena Saints, while the same card has Loyola-Maryland returning to its floor against the Manhattan Jaspers.

I am laying the points here with Iona, adding a ticket on the Gaels to Friday’s sports picks.

Iona’s string of tight losses is in position to end in a return to Hynes Athletic Center, with Jones and Co. notching 86.6 PPG and 48.5 percent field shooting at home. The home team has gone 3-1-1 ATS in the last five meetings between these foes.

Iona held the Greyhounds to a 38.9 percent mark from the floor in January’s matchup, while Jones notched 23 points. Loyola-Maryland has suffered double-digit defeats in its most recent two spots as a road dog against the Gaels, including last year’s 74-63 loss.

Iona has cashed with a 4-0 spread record in its four spots as a home favorite of 8 ½ points or less. Look for the Gaels to collect again, getting the money at a low enough premium to back here.

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