Niagara vs Iona Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/10/23

Iona Gaels (25-7) vs Niagara Purple Eagles (16-14)

Game Info: Friday, March 10, 2023 at 6:00 pm (Boardwalk Hall)

Betting Odds: Iona Gaels -14 -- Over/Under: 133.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Iona Gaels will play the Niagara Purple Eagles in the Semifinals of the MAAC Tournament on Friday night at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Iona Preview

The Iona Gaels are 25-7 (17-3) this season after they defeated Mount St. Mary’s by a score of 74-54 in their last game. Iona led this game by five points at halftime and was able to hold their opponent to only 26 points in the second half for the win. Iona shot 45.3% from the field and made 8 three pointers in the game. The Gaels were +12 in rebounding margin and forced 13 turnovers in the win. The Iona Gaels are averaging 76.6 points per game, 65.5 points against per game, 35.9 rebounds per game, and 15.3 assists per game. Walter Clayton Jr. has led the Gaels this season with 16.7 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, and 3.2 assists per game. Iona is shooting 46.1% from the field, 72.3% on free throws, and 35.9% on three pointers this year. 

Niagara Preview

The Niagara Purple Eagles are 16-14 (10-10) this season after they defeated Siena by a score fo 71-65 in their last game. Niagara held Siena to only 26 points in the first half and was able to hang on for the win in the second half. Niagara shot 49.1% from the field and made 9 three pointers in the win. The Purple Eagles recorded 32 rebounds and turned the ball over 13 times in the game. The Niagara Purple Eagles are averaging 65 points per game, 65.8 points against per game, 30.7 rebounds per game, and 10.8 assists per game. Noah Thomasson has led the Purple Eagles this season with 19.7 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, and 3.4 assists per game. Niagara is shooting 44.7% from the field, 72% on free throws, and 34.3% on three pointers this year.

Pick

Iona comes into this game after having the best record in the MAAC this season and they have won 12 games in a row. Iona defeated Niagara in both regular season meetings by scores of 78-56 and 72-55. Niagara has been inconsistent this season and has lost four of their last six games. The Purple Eagles are only scoring 65 points per game and I don’t think they will be able to keep pace with the Iona offense. I like the Gaels here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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