Iona at Florida: 3/16/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

Iona at Florida: 3/16/22 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Jeremy Reper-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Gators (19-13) vs Iona Gaels (25-7)

Game Info: Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at 9:00 pm (Stephen C. O'Connell Center)

Betting Odds: Florida Gators -7.5 -- Over/Under: 146 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Iona Gaels and Florida Gators face off on Wednesday in a college basketball showdown in the NIT at the O’Connell Center. 

Iona comes into this game with a 25-7 record overall and they have gone 16-16 against the spread. Iona has found a ton of success this season, but they were upset in the MAAC Tournament against Rider. Iona gave up 43 points in the second half, and that led to the defeat. Tyson Jolly has been the top player for Iona averaging 14.6 points while shooting 43.5 percent from the field. There are three different players that are averaging at least 14.6 points per game. Iona is averaging 75.2 points while their defense is giving up 68.3 points per game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Florida Gators who sit with a 19-13 record overall and they have gone 15-17 against the spread. Mike White has left the Gators so there has to be some concern about how this team will perform against him. The Gators last game was in the SEC Tournament against Texas A&M and the defense really struggled in that game giving up 83 points on the way to the defeat. Florida is averaging 70.8 points while their defense is giving up 66.1 points per game. Colin Castleton has been the top player for Florida this season averaging 16.3 points while shooting 54.6 percent from the field.

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Florida is 1-6 against the spread in their last seven games against a team with a winning straight up record. The under is 5-1 in Iona’s last six games following an against the spread loss. The under is 5-1 in Iona’s last six games as an underdog. Florida is 1-5 against the spread in their last six games as a favorite. 

I don’t think Florida is going to be very motivated coming into this game, and their lack of motivation is going to hurt them. Iona is averaging 75.2 points per game and their offense is going to be elite in this game. Iona is going to cover the spread, and I wouldn’t be shocked if they win this game outright. 

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