Marist vs Iona Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/11/23

Iona Gaels (26-7) vs Marist Red Foxes (13-19)

Game Info: Saturday, March 11, 2023 at 7:30 pm (Boardwalk Hall)

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The Iona Gaels will play the Marist Red Foxes in the Championship Game of the MAAC Tournament on Saturday night at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Iona Preview

The Iona Gaels are 26-7 (17-3) this season after they defeated Niagara by a score of 71-59 in their last game. Iona was tied with Niagara at the half, but they held their opponent to only 24 points in the second half for the victory. Iona shot 51.1% from the field and made 19 free throws in the win. The Gaels recorded 26 rebounds and forced 12 turnovers in the game. 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.

Marist Preview

The Marist Red Foxes are 13-19 (6-14) this season after they defeated Saint Peter’s by a score of 69-57 in their last game. Marist held their opponent to only 20 points in the first half and they were able to cruise to the easy win in the second half. Marist shot 38.6% from the field and made 29 free throws in the win. The Red Foxes recorded 44 rebounds and turned the ball over 12 times in the game. The Marist Red Foxes are averaging 64.1 points per game, 66.7 points against per game, 33.9 rebounds per game, and 11 assists per game. Patrick Gardner has led the Red Foxes this season with 19 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game, and 1.9 assists per game. Marist is shooting 41.3% from the field, 69.4% on free throws, and 32.9% on three pointers this year. 

Pick

Marist finished the regular season in last place in the MAAC standings, but they are only one win away from reaching the NCAA Tournament. Iona was the best team in the MAAC this season and they have won 13 games in a row. Iona did just beat Marist by a score of 93-74 on March 2nd and I expect them to win this game as well. I haven’t seen a line for this game yet, but I am leaning towards a blowout win for Iona. 

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

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