Iona vs Niagara Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 3/10/23
Niagara Purple Eagles (15-14) vs. Iona Gaels (25-7)
March 10, 2023 6:00 pm EDT
The Line: Iona Gaels / Niagara Purple Eagles ; Over/Under: +135.5
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The Niagara Purple Eagles and Iona Gaels meet Friday in the college basketball MAAC Tournament Semifinal at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Niagara Purple Eagles are averaging 65 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 65.8 points on 44 percent shooting. Noah Thomasson is averaging 19.7 points and 3.4 assists, while Aaron Gray is averaging 12.2 points and 4.6 rebounds. Sam Iorio is dishing 1.3 assists and Braxton Bayless is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Niagara Purple Eagles are shooting 34.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The Niagara Purple Eagles are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.8 rebounds per game.
The Iona Gaels are averaging 76.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 65.9 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Walter Clayton Jr. is averaging 16.7 points and 4.1 rebounds, while Daniss Jenkins is averaging 15.3 points and 4.4 rebounds. Nelly Junior Joseph is the third double-digit scorer and Quinn Slazinski is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Iona Gaels are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Iona Gaels are allowing 29.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game.
The Iona Gaels won both meetings against Niagara, and neither game was all that close. These teams are in different area codes if we’re being honest, and Iona wins in the favorite role by an average of 11.3 points. I just don’t have much confidence in the Niagara Purple Eagles putting together an honest effort.