The No. 1 seed Iona Gaels (25-7, 17-3 MAAC) will head into the MAAC Tournament against the No. 5 seed Niagara Purple Eagles (16-14, 10-10 MAAC) on Friday at Boardwalk Hall, starting at 6:00 PM.
Friday’s matchup between the Gaels and the Purple Eagles features the Gaels as substantial 14-point favorites. The matchup has an over/under of 134.
Iona vs. Niagara Odds
Point Spread for Iona vs. Niagara
The spread for this matchup is set at 14 points, with sportsbooks listing Iona as the favorite.
Iona vs. Niagara Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Iona has -1300 odds to pick up the win, while Niagara is listed at +800 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 134 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Friday, March 10, 2023
- Game Time: 6:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPNews
- Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
- Arena: Boardwalk Hall
Iona vs. Niagara Betting Trends
Against the spread, Iona is 19-13-0 this year. The Gaels have been favorites in 30 games this season and have come away with the win 24 times (80%) in those contests. Iona has eclipsed the over/under in 50% of its opportunities this year (15 times over 30 games with a set point total).
Niagara is 15-15-0 against the spread this year. The Purple Eagles have an 8-9 record in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 47.1% of those games). Niagara has eclipsed the over/under 53.3% of the time this season (16 of 30 games with a set point total).
Iona vs. Niagara Key Players to Watch
Nelly Junior Joseph paces his squad in rebounds per contest (9.5), and also puts up 15.2 points and 1.1 assists. Defensively, he puts up 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocked shots. Daniss Jenkins paces his squad in assists per game (5.1), and also averages 15.3 points and 4.4 rebounds. At the other end, he posts 1.3 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. Walter Clayton Jr. paces the Gaels with 16.7 points per game and 3.2 assists, while also posting 4.1 rebounds. Osborn Shema is posting 7.2 points, 1.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Aaron Gray gives the Purple Eagles 12.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest. He also averages 0.6 steals and 0.3 blocked shots. Sam Iorio is averaging a team-best 5.6 rebounds per contest. And he is contributing 8.1 points and 1.3 assists, making 47.5% of his shots from the field. The Purple Eagles get 4.3 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game from David Mitchell.
What you need to know about the Iona Gaels
Iona has put together a 13-8-0 ATS record in conference action so far this year. The Gaels rank 59th in the nation with 76.6 points per game so far this year. At the other end, they rank 53rd with 65.5 points allowed per game. This season, Iona is averaging 33.7 rebounds per game (64th-ranked in college basketball) and giving up 31.3 rebounds per contest (194th-ranked).
Iona is 222nd in the nation with 7 threes per game this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 89th with a 35.9% shooting percentage from beyond the arc. The Gaels are playing well in terms of defending against three-pointers, as they rank 25th-best in college basketball in three-pointers allowed (5.8 per game) and eighth-best in three-point percentage allowed (29.3%).
The Gaels are 8-2 against the spread and 10-0 overall in their past 10 contests. Iona has hit the over in four of its past 10 contests. On the offensive side of the ball, Iona has picked up its output slightly over its last 10 games, scoring 78.6 points per contest over that span compared to the 76.6 it has put up over the course of this season. The past 10 games have seen Iona give up 3.3 fewer points per game (62.2) than its season-long average (65.5).
What you need to know about the Niagara Purple Eagles
Niagara has put together an 11-10-0 record against the spread in conference play this year. Offensively the Purple Eagles are the 332nd-ranked team in college basketball (65.2 points per game). Defensively they are 60th (65.8 points conceded per game). At 28.7 rebounds per game and 28.8 rebounds conceded, Niagara is 326th and 53rd in the nation, respectively.
Beyond the arc, Niagara is 287th in college basketball in 3-pointers made per game (6.4). It is 165th in 3-point percentage at 34.5%. Defensively, the Purple Eagles are 29th in the country in 3-pointers allowed per game at 5.9. They are 301st in 3-point percentage allowed at 35.8%.
The Purple Eagles have a 4-6 record against the spread while finishing 5-5 overall over their past 10 games. Seven of Niagara’s last 10 games have hit the over. Niagara is averaging 66.4 points per contest over its past 10 games, compared to its season average of 65.2. While the Purple Eagles are giving up 65.8 points per game in 2022-23, they have been worse in their past 10 games, allowing 68.3 points per contest.
Iona vs. Niagara Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this matchup is Iona, and we expect that Iona will cover the spread (Iona -14). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 134 points.
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