To say things have been less than ideal for Iona this season would be generous. At 3-13-1, the Gaels have the worst cover rate among all 353 Division I teams entering Friday night’s road game vs. Quinnipiac Bobcats in Hamden, Conn., and have not been themselves without coach Tim Cluess.
Cluess has been away from the team due to personal health issues. He released a statement in early January saying his situation is “complicated” but “not life-threatening.” His absence has led to a downshift in the Iona offense. Each of Cluess’ previous eight seasons, Iona registered at least 76.7 points per game. This year, that is down to 67.8 points per game.
The downtick in scoring is made worse by Iona allowing opponents to make 40.8 percent of their 3-point attempts, which ranks 352nd of the 353 Division I teams.
With Quinnipiac ranking 42nd in the country in 3-point shooting percentage and having someone in Kevin Marfo who leads the nation with 13.6 rebounds per game, it is going to make a tough season for Iona even worse.
The play: Quinnipiac, -6¹/₂.