Originally written on Basketball Predictions  |  Last updated 11/20/11
Iona 89, Maryland 63I expected Iona to win this game fairly easily, but this was an annihilation. Iona's trio of Scott Machado, Michael Glover and MoMo Jones is the reason Iona is going to be a scary team to face come Tournament team, but it was the team's pressure defense that blew this game open, forcing 26 Maryland opponents - an advantage of 16. Machado was the MVP, dicing Maryland's defense for 15 points and 15 assists. He blew away the Puerto Rico Tip-Off's tournament record with 41 assists in three games. Iona's going to end up being a potential NCAA Tournament Cinderella. A Maryland team in total rebuilding mode was never going to give them much trouble.It's worth asking if Iona has a chance to contend for an at-large bid, should they fall in their conference tournament. I would say that's a doubtful scenario. They still have road games against Richmond, Marshall and Hofstra, and they'll have this win over Maryland and will presumably get a decent opponent during Brac...
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