Iona Gaels (Overall: 22-12, Conf: 12-8)
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Iona (+100,000) is one of those high-scoring teams that also yields a head-scratching amount of points to opponents.
The Gaels are averaging 80.5 points per contest with Jordan Washington as the center of their offense. The senior forwards is posting 17.9 points this season and came up huge in the team’s second-straight run for the MAAC tournament title, putting up 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds a game.
Washington’s intimidating presence down low is also complemented by fellow senior Jon Severe, the Gaels’ second-leading scorer (11.3) and best three-point shooter (43.0%).
As mentioned earlier, the Iona defense sucks. It gives up an average of 76.4 points per contest, obviously among the worst across the country. But another concern for the Gaels is their proneness to turnovers and unproven supporting unit.
They average 12.1 TOs per game, and their offense usually becomes disoriented, or goes on a drought, whenever their go-to-guy—Washington—in on the bench.
Team Statistics (from teamrankings.com)
|Points Per Game||80.5||#26|
|Rebounds Per Game||36.0||#142|
|Blocks Per Game||3.0||#206|
|Free Throw Percentage||77.0||#15|
Iona (+100,000) waves us goodbye in the first round.
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