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#613 Ohio U 142 vs.
#614 Iona -4.5
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Ohio Bobcats will head on the road to take on the Iona Gaels in non-conference action Wednesday night from the Hynes Athletic Center. The Bobcats finished last season with a 14-17 record and came away with an 88-50 win against Heidelberg in their previous action. The Gaels filed a 17-16 record last season and fell 70-64 in overtime to La Salle in their season opener.

Ohio Eyes Third Straight Win

The Ohio Bobcats are playing with confidence early this season. They were 11 point underdogs in their season opener against St. Bonaventure and posted a big 65-53 road win. Their second game was no challenge against Division III Heidelberg which resulted in an 88-50 home win.

The Bobcats have a new head coach in Jeff Boals. Ohio lost its top three scorers from last season and this season could be a tough one as a result. Ben Vander Plas is their leading returning scorer. The sophomore forward averaged 8.6 points in 2018-2019, and he is locked in through two games, accumulating a combined 30 points on 10 for 15 shooting.

A player to watch for is Jordan Dartis. The senior guard missed all of last season due to injury, and his return is a welcome sight. Dartis had a big 2017-2018 season, logging an average of 13.1 points and shot a sizzling 42% from beyond the arc. Dartis has tallied 28 points through two games this year. Jason Preston is also expected to play a big role after scoring an average of six points last year.

Ohio was selected to finish in last place in the MAC in the preseason poll. The Bobcats 70.1 points last season, placing them 241st in the country. Ohio conceded an average of 73.8 points, pegging them 243rd overall.

Iona Poised for Another Big Season

The Iona Gaels are expected to be the top team in the MAAC this season. They enter their home opener hungry for a win after a tough 70-64 overtime road loss to La Salle on Saturday in a game that had the Gaels as a one-point favorite. The Gaels return four of their five top scorers on a team that won the MACC last season. E.J Crawford is one of the top offensive players in the entire conference. The senior guard averaged a sizzling 17.7 points on 50% shooting and he also posted 5.1 rebounds. Crawford couldn’t find his shooting touch in Saturday’s defeat, connecting on only 5 of 17 shots for 17 points.

Tajuan Agee is also one of the top players in the MAAC. The senior forward averaged 13.2 points and a team-best eight rebounds last season. Agee should post multiple double-doubles this year. Asante Gist also returns to the fold average finishing with 12.5 PPG last year.

The Gaels were the clear favorite in the preseason poll as they were picked to finish first in the MAAC. Iona should pour on the points this season after averaging 76.7 points in 2018-2019, ranking them 73rd in the country. The Gaels conceded an average of 76 points, pegging them down at 284th overall.

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I anticipate a decisive home win from a strong Iona team. Iona is expected to be the top team in the MAAC conference once again after winning the conference last year. They return most of last year’s roster which includes three players that averaged double-digits in points. The Gaels potent scoring should exploit an Ohio team that will give up points.

Furthermore, the Bobcats are going to have their fair share of struggles this season with a good portion of last year’s roster no longer on the team. Ohio only scored 65 points in their lone game against a Division I opponent this season.

Prediction: Iona Gaels

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I am selecting the under in this clash. The Gaels should be able to contain an Ohio team that does not return a player that averaged double-digits in points last season.  Ohio is also struggling from the free-throw line, logging a poor 62.9% efficiency. The under is also 4-1 in the Bobcats’ last five Wednesday games.

In addition, while I expect enough offense from the Gaels to cover this spread, they looked out of sync in their season-opening loss to La Salle. They only shot 30% from the field. The under is 12-5 in the Gaels’ last 17 games overall, and 6-0 in their last six games following a straight-up loss.

Prediction: Under

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The over on the Iona team total offered on PointsBet is a good play. The Gaels averaged 76.7 points last season led by EJ Crawford who averaged over 17 points and Tajuan Agee with 13.2 points. Ohio’s defense is going to be a big concern this season and it starts in this one against a powerful Iona team that features plenty of talented shooters with plenty of experience.

Prediction: Iona Team Total Over

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I am sticking with Iona on the halftime line. I expect Iona set the tone early in their home opener after a poor outing in their season opener which finished in a 70-64 overtime road loss to La Salle. Iona averaged a solid 34.3 points in the first half last year, and they should start this game strong.

Prediction: Iona Gaels
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.