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Iona (10-8) at Saint Peter's (7-11)

The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Sunday, January 26, 2 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Yanitelli Center (3,200) -- Jersey City, New Jersey. Television: None. Home Record: Iona 7-2, Saint Peter's 3-3. Away Record: Iona 3-6, Saint Peter's 4-8. Neutral Record: Iona 0-0, Saint Peter's 0-0. Conference Record: Iona 7-2, Saint Peter's 3-6. Series Record: Iona leads, 58-48.

GAME NOTES: A pair of Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference squads trending in opposite directions will meet up at the Yanitelli Center on Sunday afternoon, as the Saint Peter's Peacocks play host to the Iona Gaels.

Iona has won back-to-back games, conquering Siena on Jan. 19 (88-74) before most recently downing Quinnipiac on Friday (95-73) to improve to 7-2 in the MAAC, tied with Manhattan and Canisius for first place. Iona is 10-8 overall this season but has gone just 3-6 on the road.

Meanwhile, Saint Peter's has lost two straight games, falling at Marist (70-64) and Siena (64-47) last week to close out a three-game road swing. The Peacocks are just 7-11 overall and 3-6 in league action.

The teams split the season series in 2012-13, with the home team winning each matchup. Iona holds firm to a 58-48 lead in the all-time series.

The Gaels made easy work of Quinnipiac on Friday night, outshooting their opponent from the field, 43.9 percent to 37.5 percent, shooting 29-of-37 from 3-point range and winning both the rebounding (45-37) and turnover (13-7) battles on their way to the 22-point victory. Pacing five teammates in double figures was Sean Armand, who poured in 23 points while adding five rebounds, five assists and three steals. A.J. English (20 points, seven rebounds, five assists) and Tre Bowman (20 points, eight rebounds) were also outstanding, while Mike Poole and David Laury netted 10 points apiece.

Iona boasts the MAAC's best offense this season, as it shoots 48.1 percent from the field for 83.8 ppg, while ranking top-five in the nation in both 3- pointers per game (10.7) and 3-point percentage (.414). It's a good thing the team scores so many points, because its scoring defense (79.8 ppg) is one of the worst in the nation. Armand (18.8 ppg) and English (17.8 ppg) are equally strong from beyond the arc, each draining 53 long-range buckets at greater than 41-percent efficiency. Bowman brings 14.2 ppg to the table, while Laury (12.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg) acts as a solid foundation in the frontcourt.

Despite playing stellar defense in its most recent bout, holding Siena to only 39.3 percent field goal shooting, Saint Peter's still suffered a 17-point loss by piecing together its worst offensive output of the season, netting just 37 percent of its shots overall (including 2-of-12 from 3-point range) and going a dreadful 5-of-15 at the free-throw line. No one scored in double figures in the woeful 47-point effort, with Kris Rolle and Jamel Fields leading the way with nine points apiece.

The Peacocks have made a bad habit of stringing together less-than-stellar offensive performances this season, as they shoot less than 40 percent from the field for 65.0 ppg. Luckily, they are sometimes able to overcome those shortcomings with a solid defensive effort (.416, 68.1 ppg). Marvin Dominique has established himself as one of the MAAC's most reliable forwards, tallying 17.5 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 1.2 bpg and 0.9 spg, while shooting nearly 47 percent from the field. Desi Washington is the only other player in double figures with 12.9 ppg.

Saint Peter's should be able to put up more points than it is used to against a porous Iona defense, but even on its home floor, it won't be able to keep pace with the Gaels' high-flying shooting attack.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Iona 80, Saint Peter's 74

01/26 10:33:42 ET

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