Iona vs. Duke - 3/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iona Gaels (20-13) at Duke Blue Devils (26-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 2:45 pm (PPG Paints Arena)
The Line: Duke Blue Devils -20 -- Over/Under: 155 See the Latest Odds
The Duke Blue Devils look to avoid the upset bid of the Iona Gaels in the opening round of the NCAA college basketball tournament.
The Iona Gaels might be the face of the MAAC as the team has been a consistent presence at or near the top of he standings. Iona enters the NCAA’s off of an 83-71 victory versus the Fairfield Stags behind a 47.5%-39.1% shooting edge and a deadly 23-27 performance at the stripe.
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Roland Griffin carried the Gaels offense with a contest high 29 points, eight rebounds and four blocks on 9-13 and 11-11 at the line. Iona saw Zach Lewis add 20 points, seven boards, five assists and four steals on 7-14 while Rickey McGill tossed in ten points and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Duke Blue Devils go in to the Big Dance off a 74-69 loss to North Carolina in the conference semifinals. The high powered Duke offense connected at 40.7% ant turned the ball over 17 times to make the Tar Heels 39.% shooting and 17 more looks a winning effort.
Gary Trent Jr. topped the Blue Devils attack with 20 points and six boards on 7-16 followed by Marvin Bagley III with 19 points and 13 rebounds on 7-13. Grayson Allen gave Duke 16 points on 4-11 from distance while Wendell Carter Jr. added 14 points and nine boards.
Over is 10-3-1 in Iona last 14 overall and Iona are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 Thursday games and under is 19-8-1 in Iona last 28 neutral site games. Over is 11-1 in Duke last 12 non-conference games and under is 7-1 in Duke last 8 overall and Duke are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall.
The Blue Devils should be able to score at will and dominate the backboards so I Iook for a one sided win and cover from a team that didn’t perform as expected in last seasons tournament…