The top-seeded Iona Gaels (24-7, 17-3 MAAC) are taking on the No. 8 seed Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers (13-19, 8-12 MAAC) in the MAAC Tournament on Wednesday at Boardwalk Hall. The game is scheduled for 7:00 PM.
Wednesday’s game between the Gaels and the Mountaineers sees the Gaels as a double-digit favorite by 14 points. The game has a point total of 140.
Iona vs. Mount St. Mary’s Odds
Point Spread for Iona vs. Mount St. Mary’s
The spread for this matchup is set at 14 points, with bookmakers listing Iona as the favorite.
Iona vs. Mount St. Mary’s Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Iona has -1243 odds to pick up the win, while Mount St. Mary’s is listed at +750 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 140 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
- Arena: Boardwalk Hall
Iona vs. Mount St. Mary’s Betting Trends
Iona has played 31 games, with 18 wins against the spread. The Gaels have been chosen as favorites in 29 games this year and have walked away with the win 23 times (79.3%) in those games. Iona’s games this year have gone over the point total 15 times in 31 opportunities (48.4%).
Mount St. Mary’s has 12 wins against the spread in 31 games this season. The Mountaineers have been the underdog on the moneyline 20 total times this season. They’ve finished 7-13 in those games. Mount St. Mary’s has hit the over 51.6% of the time this year (16 of 31 games with a set point total).
Iona vs. Mount St. Mary’s Key Players to Watch
Nelly Junior Joseph leads the Gaels at 9.5 rebounds per game, while also putting up 1.1 assists and 15.4 points. Daniss Jenkins leads the Gaels at 5.1 assists per contest, while also averaging 4.5 rebounds and 15.4 points. Walter Clayton Jr. puts up 16.5 points and 3.3 assists per contest — both team highs. He is also posting 3.9 rebounds, shooting 45.4% from the field and 42.3% from downtown with 2.3 made 3-pointers per contest. Osborn Shema puts up 6.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per contest, shooting 50% from the field.
Mount St. Mary’s
Dakota Leffew gives the Mountaineers 13.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest. He also averages 1.3 steals and 0.4 blocked shots. George Tinsley gives the Mountaineers 7.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. He also averages 0.8 steals and 0.5 blocked shots. Malik Jefferson is the Mountaineers’ top rebounder (7.6 per game), and he posts 8.6 points and 1.1 assists.
What you need to know about the Iona Gaels
Iona has put together a 12-8-0 conference record against the spread this season. The Gaels are averaging 76.6 points per game (62nd-ranked in college basketball) this year, while surrendering 65.9 points per contest (60th-ranked). Iona is pulling down 33.5 rebounds per game (75th-ranked in college basketball) this season, while allowing 31.5 rebounds per contest (200th-ranked).
Iona is draining 7 threes per game (221st-ranked in college basketball) this season, while owning a 35.8% three-point percentage (93rd-ranked). The Gaels have been shining when it comes to defending against three-point shooting this season, ranking 24th-best in college basketball in treys allowed per game (5.8) and 10th-best in three-point percentage allowed (29.5%).
The Gaels have an 8-2 record against the spread while going 10-0 overall in their last 10 contests. Four of Iona’s last 10 games have gone over the total. Iona has seen an uptick in scoring recently, putting up 79.3 points per game in its last 10 outings, 2.7 points more than the 76.6 it has scored this year. Iona has been tougher on defense lately, allowing 61.9 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 65.9 points per game its opponents average in the 2022-23 season.
What you need to know about the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers
Mount St. Mary’s and its opponents have combined to hit the over nine out of 21 times this year in MAAC play. Offensively, the Mountaineers are the 20th-worst team in the country (64 points per game). Defensively, they are 82nd (66.8 points allowed per game). Mount St. Mary’s is 267th in the nation in rebounds per game (30.2) and 194th in rebounds conceded (31.3).
Mount St. Mary’s makes 6.7 3-pointers per game and shoots 35.8% from beyond the arc, ranking 258th and 93rd, respectively, in the country. The Mountaineers are 128th in college basketball in 3-pointers allowed (6.8 per game) and 139th in 3-point percentage defensively (33.2%).
The Mountaineers have a 4-5-1 record against the spread while finishing 6-4 overall over their past 10 contests. Mount St. Mary’s has gone over the total in seven of its past 10 outings. Mount St. Mary’s has fared better offensively in its past 10 games, putting up 68.4 points per contest, 4.4 more than its season average of 64. While the Mountaineers are giving up 66.8 points per game in 2022-23, they have been worse in their past 10 games, allowing 71.7 points per contest.
Iona vs. Mount St. Mary’s Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this matchup is Iona, and we predict that Iona will cover the spread (Iona -14). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 140 points.
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