Tonight I see a complete public burial by the Sportsbooks. For some odd reason I noticed majority of the wagers coming in for this game are currently on Iona! If you haven't noticed Monmouth opened up at a -1.5 point favorite but you can find them now as a +1 underdog.
With how things played out in their last game against each other it's easy to think Iona will likely win in another blowout. That could be further than the truth for them tonight, one of the main reasons why Monmouth lost in their previous matchup was because they couldn't find a way to contain Iona's PG, AJ English. He went insane scoring over 30+ points in that game. Monmouth will place a strong emphasis on defending AJ tonight by forcing the rest of the team to score points.
The key advantages Monmouth has over Iona is in their rebounding and three point defense. They will need their defense to show up tonight as they face a Iona team that is hitting a blistering 37.2% from behind the arc this season. If Monmouth hold Iona's three point shooting to the low .300 they will come out with the victory!
I also wanted to mention that I felt it would be in the best interests of the NCAA to have Monmouth play during March Madness. I'm almost certain you have seen one of their highlights on ESPN where the bench puts on a show aftert thier team scores. This team will be the perfect cinderella team to cheer for in the tournament.
Monmouth 78 Iona 73