Iona vs UConn Prediction - Basketball Picks 3/17/23

Connecticut Huskies (25-8) vs Iona Gaels (27-7)

Game Info: Friday, March 17, 2023 at 4:30 pm (MVP Arena)

Betting Odds: Connecticut Huskies -9.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The UConn Huskies will play the Iona Gaels in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the West Region on Friday afternoon at MVP Arena in Albany, New York.

UConn Preview

The UConn Huskies are 25-8 (13-7) this season after they lost to Marquette by a score of 70-68 in the Semifinals of the Big East Tournament. UConn had some shaky moments during the middle of conference play, but they played much better to finish the season. The UConn Huskies are averaging 78.5 points per game, 65 points against per game, 39 rebounds per game, and 17.3 assists per game. Adama Sanogo has led the Huskies this season with 16.8 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game, and 1.3 assists per game. UConn is shooting 46% from the field, 75.4% on free throws, and 35.7% on three pointers this year. 

Iona Preview

The Iona Gaels are 27-7 (17-3) this season after they defeated Marist by a score of 76-55 in the MAAC Tournament Final. Iona played great in the MAAC this season and they have won 14 games in a row coming into this matchup. The Iona Gaels are averaging 76.4 points per game, 65 points against per game, 35.7 rebounds per game, and 15 assists per game. Walter Clayton Jr. has led the Gaels this season with 16.9 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, and 3.2 assists per game. Iona is shooting 46.1% from the field, 73.1% on free throws, and 36% on three pointers this year. 


Iona is 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 NCAA Tournament games. The under is 9-4 in Iona’s last 13 games. UConn is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games and 16-6 ATS in their last 22 NCAA Tournament games. The under is 4-0 in UConn’s last 4 games. 


UConn comes into this game after winning six of their last seven games and barely came up short against Marquette in the Big East Tournament. Iona rolled through the MAAC this year and comes into this game on a very nice winning streak. Both teams have been very efficient on the offensive end and have played strong defense for most of this season. I think we are going to see both teams lock down on defense and I like the under here. 

David’s Pick Under 140.5

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