Iona vs Marist Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 11 MAAC Championship (Gaels Cruise to 6th Title Since 2016)

Devon Platana
Iona vs Marist prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball MAAC Tournament game.
Iona vs Marist prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball MAAC Tournament game. / AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson

Iona vs Marist Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball MAAC Tournament Championship
  • Iona (26-7, 17-3 MAAC) vs. Marist (13-19, 6-14 MAAC)
  • Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023
  • Time: 7:30 PM ET
  • Venue: Boardwalk Hall -- Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Coverage: ESPNU

The 2023 MAAC Tournament is set to come to an end on Saturday, March 11 as the Iona Gaels and Marist Red Foxes collide to decide the championship at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Iona has been cruising through the tournament thus far, most recently picking up a 71-59 win over Niagara in the semifinals. On the other side, Marist didn't break much of a sweat in its last outing against Saint Peter's, walking out with the 69-57 victory behind Patrick Gardner's 18-point, 11-rebound double-double.

Can Iona win its sixth title in the last seven tournaments? Or will Marist be victorious in its first-ever finals appearance?

Iona vs Marist Odds & Spread

Iona enters this contest as a massive favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 7:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 135.5 points with both sides sitting at -110 odds.

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Iona vs Marist Betting Trends

  • Iona is 18-15-0 against the spread this year.
  • The Gaels' ATS record as 13.5-point favorites or more is 4-5.
  • Iona has seen 15 of its 33 games hit the over.
  • Against the spread, Marist is 16-16-0 this season.
  • The Red Foxes are winless ATS (0-1) when playing as at least 13.5-point underdogs this season.
  • Out of Marist's 32 games so far this year, 19 have hit the over.
Iona Rank Iona AVG Marist AVG Marist Rank
67th 76.4 Points Scored 64.2 339th
47th 65.3 Points Allowed 66.4 69th
81st 33.4 Rebounds 31.4 202nd
38th 10.3 Off. Rebounds 7.8 245th
222nd 7.0 3pt Made 7.8 127th
44th 15.2 Assists 10.9 331st
36th 10.3 Turnovers 10.9 81st

Iona vs Marist Prediction & Pick

It's time for Marist's Cinderella story to come to an end tonight. Iona finished as the MAAC's top team for a reason, whereas Marist entered the tournament last in the conference. The Gaels already proved they're the better team earlier this season, defeating the Red Foxes twice by an average margin of 23 points.

While Marist's defense is strong, it doesn't have the offense to hang around tonight. It averages just 64.2 PPG (No. 327) on 41.2% shooting (No. 318). Meanwhile, Iona scores 76.4 points on average (No. 44) while making 46.2% of its field-goal attempts (No. 63).

Iona's championship experience can't be ignored, either. Marist won't be used to such a big spotlight and the pressure will cause it to crumble. The Gaels have absolutely no excuse to lose tonight.

Final Score Prediction: Iona: 81 | Marist: 65

Iona vs Marist Best Bet

While a 14.5-point spread is daunting, it shouldn't be an issue for an Iona team that's beaten Marist by 19-plus points twice this season. The Gaels are also 9-3 ATS in their last 12 outings, as well as 5-2 ATS in the last seven games where they've been the favorite.

With the ability to blow out any opponent it faces, expect an incoming lopsided win for Iona.

Bet: Iona -14.5 (-115)

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