Iona Gaels (1-0) vs New Mexico Lobos (1-0)Date : 11/13/2018
Time : 9:00 pm EST
Location : University Arena, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Iona Gaels vs New Mexico Lobos
The Iona Gaels will travel to University Arena in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to take on the New Mexico Lobos on Tuesday night at 9 pm EST. The Gaels are coming off a slim 72-68 home win over the Albany Great Danes as last second free throws were the catalyst in them getting the hard-fought victory. The Lobos also picked up a slim victory in their first game of the season on last Tuesday as they picked up the 87-84 road win of the California State Northridge Matadors as Anthony Mathis, with 12 points on the night, nailed his fourth three-point basket of the game at the buzzer as they were able to pick up their first win of the season in dramatic fashion. This will be the first ever meeting amongst these two teams, however, it will likely be a fiery and raucous environment at the Pit for their first home outing of 2018.
Iona Gaels 's Latest Performance :
The Gaels snuck out a slim 72-68 home in over the Albany Great Danes on November 9th as they outscored the visitors 46-38 in the second half to pull away and get the victory, also their first of the season. Iona was led by EJ Crawford with 14 points while Tajuan Agee along with Ben Perez each chipped I ten for the win. The Gaels shot 44% on the night while struggling from the three-point arc in going six for 25. On the other hand, they allowed the Great Danes to shoot only 36% from the field while also allowing 46% from three-point range.
The Great Danes also outrebounded the Gales 37-29, however, was careless with the ball in creating 22 turnovers, which doomed them in the end. Nonetheless, look for the Gaels to take the experience and move on to their next opponent, which has struggled primarily from a perimeter defensive standpoint. Of course, Iona will certainly want to pick it up on the defensive end against a New Mexico team that shoots over 50% on the season thus far.
New Mexico Lobos 's Latest Performance :
New Mexico needed every bit of time in their last outing to dispose of the Matadors as eleven offensive rebounds kept the visitors in the game. In the end, however, the Lobos got 16 points form Corey Manigault along with 15 points from Makauch Maluach en route to the slim victory, their first of the year. This was not a pretty game for the Lobos as they turned the ball over 20 times while allowing the Matadors to shoot 46% from the field in the contest. On the other hand, Northridge was not great defensively either as they allowed the Lobos to shoot 52% from the field for the game while allowing New Mexico to finish the night 11 of 26 from three-point range for the night.
While the Lobos offense looks to be intact, they certainly need to perform better on the defensive end as they certainly struggled in their last outing. They may indeed find success versus a Gales offense that has struggled early in the season yet picking up a win in their last outing.
How Iona Gaels & New Mexico Lobos Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Iona is 0-1 ATS while the OU is 0-1
New Mexico is 0-1 ATS while the OU is 1-0
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This game will be an offensive showdown as the Lobos and Gaels are both putting up points on offense. Their problem is that they are unable to prevent their opponents from scoring at this point. Of course, one can look for a much better outing from the defenses in this game, however, both teams will be looking for outstanding offensive performances reminiscent of their opening wins, thus signaling an over affair from two teams looking to continue their early success.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: New Mexico Lobos
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Lobos in this contest as they seem to be much more consistent on offense. Of course, neither defense has pulled their weight so far in the season, however, look for the Lobos to get some stops late in the game in which to pull out a slim victory over a motivated and offensive minded Iona squad. Also, this will be the first home game for the Lobos this year, which means that they will certainly want to perform well to begin the season at the Pit.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
With two subpar defenses battling against offenses that enjoy putting up points thus far in the season, look for the over to be the play in this matchup. While New Mexico is shooting over 50% from the field thus far along with averaging 87 points, they are allowing 84 points per game to their opponents on 46% shooting. With that being said, look for a struggling offense for Iona to get back into the swing of things in this matchup as the total will certainly surpass its set mark for their Tuesday matchup.
Betting trends for Iona Gaels :
- The Gaels are 1-2 ATS in last three games
- The Over is 6-2 in Gaels last eight games
Betting trends for New Mexico Lobos :
- The Lobos is 4-2 ATS in their last six games
- The Over is 6-2 in Lobos last eight games