CappersInfo is back with its Fairfield Stags vs. Iona Gaels picks and predictions, as we look to give you all of the college basketball advice and tips that you need to beat your online sportsbook for this crucial Friday night tilt.
College Basketball Picks: Fairfield Stags @ Iona Gaels
Date: Friday, January 18th, 9:00 ET
Location: Hynes Athletic Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
Fairfield vs. Iona Live TV: ESPNU
Friday nights in college hoops are reserved for the little guys, and this Friday, you’ll get a chance to see a pair of teams that are hoping to get to the NCAA Tournament this year. Last year, Iona got into the NCAA Tournament thanks to the play of Michael Glover, Scott Machado, and Lamont Jones. Jones is the only one of the three back, but he is putting up just insane numbers this year in the Metro Atlantic. He is good for 22.0 points and 4.3 assists per game, and he is clearly the man to watch out for. G Sean Armand isn’t all that far behind at 18.9 points per game, and the team really has been picked up by the addition of F David Laury, who is averaging 15.0 points in his eight games since joining the Gaels. This team loves to run, and it is perceived to be the best team in this conference. Fairfield isn’t a bunch of chumps, though. Yes, the Stags have struggled in conference play this year, but they have lost three straight heartbreakingly close calls to the Niagara Purple Eagles (twice) and the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds. The Stags play defense that has to be frustrating for Iona, and G Derek Needham could turn out to be a difference maker in this one. Don’t be shocked if Fairfield can, at very minimum, keep this game a lot closer than the oddsmakers are going to suspect.
Fairfield vs. Iona Pick: Fairfield Stags +5.5
Fairfield vs. Iona Prediction: Iona 73 – Fairfield 71