UConn vs Iona Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 17 NCAA Tournament Game (Defense Decides Who Advances)

UConn vs Iona Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 17 NCAA Tournament Game (Defense Decides Who Advances)


UConn vs Iona Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Tournament Game
  • No. 11 UConn (25-8) vs. Iona (27-7)
  • Date: Friday, March 17, 2023
  • Time: 4:30 PM ET
  • Venue: MVP Arena -- Albany, New York
  • Coverage: TBS

The 2022-23 NCAA Tournament kicks off this week, featuring a first-round West Region showdown between the No. 4 UConn Huskies and No. 13 Iona Gaels on Friday, March 17.

UConn searches for answers after losing 70-68 to Marquette in the Big East Tournament semifinals. Meanwhile, Iona is feeling good after blowing out Marist 76-55 to capture the MAAC Championship in its latest outing — the Gaels' sixth title since the 2016 season.

Does UConn have what it takes to capitalize on its favorable odds? Or will Iona keep the wins coming with a huge upset performance?

UConn vs Iona Odds & Spread

UConn enters this contest as a clear favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 4:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 143.5 points with both sides available at -110 odds.

UConn vs Iona Betting Trends

  • Against the spread, UConn is 21-12-0 this year.
  • Against the spread as 9.5-point favorites or more, the Huskies are 8-6.
  • There have been 18 UConn's games (out of 33) that went over the total this season.
  • Iona has beaten the spread 19 times in 34 games.
  • Iona has seen 15 of its 34 games go over the point total.
UConn Rank UConn AVG Iona AVG Iona Rank
33rd 78.5 Points Scored 76.4 67th
41st 65 Points Allowed 65 41st
12th 35.9 Rebounds 33.4 81st
3rd 11.8 Off. Rebounds 10.3 38th
33rd 9 3pt Made 7.1 210th
6th 17.3 Assists 15 50th
223rd 12.3 Turnovers 10.3 37th

UConn vs Iona Prediction & Pick

After beating up on MAAC competition, Iona is in for a tough first-round matchup. For starters, Iona has dropped six straight games to a Big East opponent, whereas UConn has won 10 in a row against the MAAC. It doesn't help that the Gaels are winless in their four previous meetings with the Huskies, having lost those matchups by an average of 23 points.

UConn also has the advantage in the paint, where it averages 39.0 rebounds (No. 12) compared to Iona's 35.7 (No. 97). The Huskies' play down low will also exploit their opponent's lack of discipline. The Gaels take 16.3 personal fouls per game and the Huskies will make them pay for that with their 75.4% free-throw percentage (No. 47).

Iona is clearly out of its league in this one or else the odds wouldn't look as they do. Back UConn punching its ticket to the next round.

Final Score Prediction: UConn: 72 | Iona: 68

UConn vs Iona Best Bet

With both teams hitting the under more often than not, I anticipate a low-scoring affair on Friday. After all, the under is 4-1 in UConn's last five games, as well as 10-1 in the program's previous 11 outings in March. On the other side, the under has hit in nine of Iona's last 13 contests.

Considering that Iona and UConn have the 41st- and 42nd-best scoring defenses in the country, respectively, there's no reason to believe that a shootout is on the way.

Bet: Under 143.5 Points (-110)

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