The Iona Gaels (23-7, 17-3 MAAC) will attempt to extend a 10-game winning streak when visiting the Rider Broncs (16-12, 13-7 MAAC) on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at Alumni Gymnasium. This matchup is at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN+.
Saturday’s game between the Gaels and the Broncs sees the Gaels as a solid, 7.5-point favorite. The point total for the game is set at 144.
Iona vs. Rider Odds
Point Spread for Iona vs. Rider
The spread for this matchup is set at 7.5 points, with sportsbooks listing Iona as the favorite.
Iona vs. Rider Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Iona has -342 odds to pick up the win, while Rider is listed at +265 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 144 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Saturday, March 4, 2023
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Lawrenceville, New Jersey
- Arena: Alumni Gymnasium
Iona vs. Rider Betting Trends
Iona has played 30 games, with 18 wins against the spread. The Gaels have been chosen as favorites in 28 games this year and have walked away with the win 22 times (78.6%) in those games. Iona’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 14 times in 27 opportunities (51.9%).
Rider is 12-14-1 against the spread this season. The Broncs are 3-6 in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 33.3% of those games). Rider’s games this year have gone over the total in 12 of 27 opportunities (44.4%).
Iona vs. Rider Key Players to Watch
Nelly Junior Joseph leads his team in rebounds per game (9.6), and also averages 15.6 points and 1.1 assists. Defensively, he averages 1.3 steals and 1.4 blocked shots. Daniss Jenkins averages a team-high 5 assists per contest. He is also posting 15.1 points and 4.6 rebounds, shooting 42.1% from the floor and 33.6% from beyond the arc with 1.4 made 3-pointers per game. Walter Clayton Jr. averages a team-leading 16.5 points per contest. He is also averaging 4 rebounds and 3.2 assists, shooting 45.6% from the floor and 41.7% from beyond the arc with 2.2 made 3-pointers per game. Osborn Shema is averaging 6.8 points, 1.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game.
Mervin James tops the Broncs in rebounding (7 per game), and averages 12.9 points and 1.5 assists. He also averages 0.4 steals and 0.5 blocked shots. Allen Powell gives the Broncs 10.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. He also delivers 1 steal and 0.1 blocked shots. Ajiri Ogemuno-Johnson gets the Broncs 6.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest. He also averages 1 steal and 0.5 blocked shots.
What you need to know about the Iona Gaels
In Iona’s 19 MAAC games this season, the combined scoring has gone over the point total nine times. The Gaels rank 67th in college basketball with 76.5 points per game this season. At the other end, they rank 51st with 65.5 points allowed per contest. Iona is averaging 33.7 boards per game (68th-ranked in college basketball) this year, while allowing 31.7 rebounds per contest (221st-ranked).
The Gaels are putting up 80.1 points per game in home games. In away games, they are averaging 73.3 points per contest. This year, Iona is draining 6.9 three-pointers per game (235th-ranked in college basketball) and is shooting 35.3% (120th-ranked) from three-point land. The Gaels rank 10th-best in the nation by giving up a three-point shooting percentage of 29.3% to opponents. They rank 29th in college basketball by surrendering 5.9 three-pointers per contest.
The Gaels have gone 10-0 over their past 10 contests, with an 8-2 record against the spread during that span. Four of Iona’s last 10 outings have gone over the total. Iona’s offense has been better over its last 10 games, racking up 79.1 points per contest compared to the 76.5 it has averaged this season. Iona has been more stingy on the defensive side of the ball lately, allowing 61.3 points per game during its last 10 outings compared to the 65.5 points per game its opponents average on the 2022-23 season.
What you need to know about the Rider Broncs
Rider is 8-10-1 ATS in conference play this year. The Broncs are 211th in college basketball in points scored (70.2 per game) and 89th in points allowed (67). At 33.3 rebounds per game and 29.1 rebounds conceded, Rider is 92nd and 60th in the country, respectively.
At home the Broncs are putting up 70.9 points per game, 2.1 more than they are averaging on the road (68.8). Beyond the arc, Rider is eighth-worst in the nation in 3-pointers made per game (5). It is ranked 242nd in 3-point percentage at 33.2%. The Broncs are 304th in college basketball in 3-pointers allowed (8.3 per game) and 257th in 3-point percentage defensively (35%).
The Broncs are 6-3-1 against the spread and 7-3 overall over their last 10 games. In its past 10 games, Rider has gone over the total six times. Rider is averaging 71.9 points per game in its past 10 games, which is 1.7 more than its average for the season (70.2). While the Broncs are giving up 67 points per game in 2022-23, they have improved that mark in their previous 10 games, allowing 65.5 points per contest.
Iona vs. Rider Prediction & Pick
Our pick to win this matchup is Iona, and we predict that Iona will cover the spread (Iona -7.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 144 points.
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