Quinnipiac vs Iona Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/1/24

Iona (13-14) vs Quinnipiac (19-8)

Game Info: Friday, March 1, 2024 at 7:00 pm (Hynes Athletics Center)

Betting Odds: Iona -2.5 -- Over/Under: 152.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Quinnipiac Bobcats will play the Iona Gaels in a MAAC game on Friday night at the Hynes Athletics Center in New Rochelle, New York. Quinnipiac has lost four games in a row, while Iona has dropped three straight. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Quinnipiac vs Iona prediction. 

Quinnipiac Preview

The Quinnipiac Bobcats are 19-8 (11-5) this year after they lost to Rider by a score of 88-78 in their last game. Quinnipiac only trailed 38-37 at halftime, but they allowed 50 points in the second half in the loss. The Bobcats shot 39.3% from the field and were +3 in rebounding margin in the game. Quinnipiac has also lost to Fairfield, Niagara, and Mount St. Mary’s during this losing streak. The Bobcats are scoring 78.4 points per game with 36.8 rebounds per game and 13.8 assists per game, while allowing 73.5 points against per game this year. Matt Balanc is averaging 18.4 points per game, 4.9 rebounds per game, and 1.1 assists per game. Quinnipiac is shooting 44.5% from the field, 78.1% on free throws, and 35.2% on three pointers this season.

Iona Preview

The Iona Gaels are 13-14 (8-8) this season after they lost to Mount St. Mary’s by a score of 72-65 in their last game. Iona trailed 30-25 at the half and they were out scored 42-40 in the second half in the loss. The Gaels shot 36.5% from the field and were -14 in rebounding margin in the game. Iona has also lost to Rider and St. Peter’s during this losing streak. The Gaels are scoring 72.9 points per game with 32.4 rebounds per game and 14.5 assists per game, while giving up 71.4 points against per game this season. Greg Gordon (questionable) is averaging 16 points per game, 7.3 rebounds per game, and 1.3 assists per game. Iona is shooting 43.3% from the field, 65.7% on free throws, and 35.1% on three pointers this year. 

Quinnipiac vs Iona Betting Prediction

Both of these teams come into this matchup struggling in recent games, but Quinnipiac is still battling for first in the MAAC standings. The Bobcats have lost four straight games and they have allowed 80+ points in all four. Iona has lost three straight, but they have been slightly better defensively. With Quinnipiac struggling to play defense, I think we are going to see another shootout here. Take the over in this game. 

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

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