Iona vs Duke Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 19 NCAA Women's Tournament Game (Blue Devils Bounce Back)

Iona vs Duke Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 19 NCAA Women's Tournament Game (Blue Devils Bounce Back)


Iona vs Duke Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Women's Tournament Game
  • No. 14 Iona (26-6, 11-4 Away) vs. No. 3 Duke (25-6, 13-1 Home)
  • Date: Sunday, March 19, 2023
  • Time: 9:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue: Cameron Indoor Stadium -- Durham, North Carolina
  • Coverage: ESPNU

Sunday, March 19's 2022-23 NCAA Women's Tournament schedule includes a first-round matchup in the Seattle 4 region between the No. 14 Iona Gaels and No. 3 Duke Blue Devils.

Entering this tilt on a four-game winning streak, Iona's last outing saw it pick up a 73-60 win over Manhattan to capture the MAAC Championship. Meanwhile, Duke has been out of action since an embarrassing 58-37 loss to Virginia Tech in the AAC Tournament semifinals.

So, which side has what it takes to move on to the next round?

Iona vs Duke Odds & Spread

Duke enters this contest as a heavy favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 9:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 104.5 points with the over being favored at -114 odds.

Iona vs Duke Prediction & Pick

Iona is a solid team, but it's about to face a Duke squad that's only lost once at Cameron Indoor Stadium this season. Considering how that loss came in Duke's last home outing, I expect a bounce-back performance. It's important to point out that the Blue Devils won 13 straight home games with a plus-19.0 scoring margin.

As solid as Iona looks on paper, it's in over its head here. The Gaels have yet to face a ranked team all season and are just 2-4 straight up on the road against non-MAAC competition. This is also just the second time that Iona has ever appeared in the NCAA Tournament, so I suspect that the spotlight will be too much to handle.

Back Duke turning things around with a strong first-round performance.

Final Score Prediction: Duke: 68 | Iona: 54

Iona vs Duke Best Bet

With a projected total of just 104.5 points, taking the OVER is a no-brainer. After all, Iona has seen that number surpassed in six of its last seven games while Duke has exceeded 104.5 points in three of its last six.

As both sides attempt to step up to advance to Round 2, expect the OVER to be hit in the procress.

Bet: Over 104.5 Points (-114)

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