Fairfield vs. Iona: Full Game Preview

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Fairfield vs. Iona: Full Game Preview
Fairfield
(10-8, 6-6 away)
Iona
(11-6, 7-2 home)
Venue: Hynes Athletic Center
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, January 18, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Fairfield D Needham 13.4 A Sidibe 4.9 D Wade 4.1
Iona L Jones 22.0 D Laury 8.8 L Jones 4.3

Iona plays host to Fairfield at Hynes Athletic Center on Friday. It gets started at 9:00 EST and it can be seen on ESPN U. The Gaels are 5-4 against the Stags over the last four years. They lost 85-75 the last time they played (3/4/2012).

Iona is 2nd in the conference and Fairfield is 7th. Both teams continue to jockey for position. Iona has won five games straight.

The 32 points and 5 rebounds by Sean Armand helped the Gaels to a 97-87 victory over Canisius on January 13th. He contributes 5.8 rebounds per game in addition to his 18.9 points per game. For the Stags, Maurice Barrow finished with 10 points and 9 rebounds in the 67-64 loss to Niagara on January 13th. He contributes 3.3 rebounds per game in addition to his 8.4 points per game.

Iona has a statistical advantage over Fairfield in one significant area, scoring, where the Gaels have an edge over the Stags, 82 points per game to 62 points per game.

Fairfield StatSmack

  • Iona can actually jump, with more rebounds (36.0 per game vs 31.3 per game) than Fairfield this season.
  • Lamont Jones is ranked 6th nationally in points and 4th in the MAAC in assists.
  • Taaj Ridley is ranked 9th in the MAAC in rebounds.
  • It must sting. Iona has blown out Fairfield by 20 points or more on 5 occasions since 1997.
  • Iona is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Iona is 200 lbs compared to 189 lbs for Fairfield.
  • At least you keep showing up. Iona has an average margin of victory of 10 over Fairfield in 41 wins since 1980.
  • Iona is a better free-throw-shooting team (79.8% vs 68.5%) than Fairfield this season.
  • Sean Armand is ranked 22nd nationally in points, 5th in the MAAC in rebounds, 4th nationally in three-pointers, and 8th in the MAAC in assists.
  • Diaper Dandies love us. Iona has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Fairfield (2 vs 0).
  • Iona has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (0.554 to 0.475).
FAIR Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Derek Needham 33 14 3 4 2 0 3
C Maurice Barrow 26 8 3 1 1 1 1
C Colin Nickerson 28 6 4 3 2 0 2
C Keith Matthews 21 7 4 1 0 1 1
C Desmond Wade 28 7 2 4 1 0 2
C Amadou Sidibe 20 6 5 0 0 1 1
C- Josip Mikulic 15 5 3 1 0 1 1
C- Marcus Gilbert 18 5 3 0 1 0 1
D+ Coleman Johnson 10 3 2 0 0 1 1
D Steve Johnston 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Justin Jenkins 8 3 1 0 0 0 1
IONA Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B David Laury 27 15 9 1 1 1 2
B Sean Armand 35 19 6 3 1 1 2
B Lamont Jones 35 22 3 4 1 0 3
C A.J. English 21 7 2 1 1 0 1
C Tavon Sledge 26 6 4 3 1 0 2
C- Taaj Ridley 23 7 5 1 0 0 1
C- Tre Bowman 23 9 4 1 0 0 1
D Curtis Dennis 13 4 1 0 0 0 1
D DeSean Anderson 4 1 1 0 0 0 1
D N. Moikubo 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Shawn Jackson 14 2 3 0 1 1 1
D DaShawn Gomez 7 1 0 2 0 0 0
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