Iona vs Seattle Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 23 (Gaels Take Care of Business at Diamond Head Classic)

Larry Rupp
Iona vs Seattle prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Iona vs Seattle prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/Julia Nikhinson
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Iona vs Seattle Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Iona Gaels (7-4) vs. Seattle Redhawks (8-3)
Date: Friday, Dec. 23, 2022
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Stan Sheriff Center — Honolulu, HI
Coverage: ESPNU

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Friday with an intriguing matchup between the Iona Gaels and Seattle Redhawks. Iona couldn't keep up in an 85-81 loss to SMU on Thursday, which was the Gaels' second straight defeat. Walter Clayton Jr. dazzled with 22 points (7-of-15 shooting).

Meanwhile, Seattle fell short in an 84-56 loss to Utah State on Thursday. The Redhawks shot a dismal 29.0% from the floor and nailed just 5 of their 29 three-point attempts (17.2%). Cameron Tyson led the way with 20 points on 8-of-20 shooting, while Riley Grigsby racked up a team-high 8 rebounds.

Iona vs Seattle Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: IONA: (-430) | SEA: (+320)
Spread: IONA: -8.5 (-110) | SEA: +8.5 (-110)
Total: 145.5 —Over: (-115) | Under: (-105)

Iona enters this contest as clear favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 4:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 145.5 points, which is about average compared to Friday's projected totals.

Iona vs Seattle Prediction

It was an unusual loss for the Gaels on Thursday. They turned the ball over 18 times, which was far greater than their season average of 10.9 (T-No. 30 in NCAA). Iona also allowed an SMU team that averages below 70 points per game to drop 85. Head coach Rick Pitino's team needs to bounce back.

The good news for Iona is that Seattle is coming off its worst game of the year. The Redhawks scored a season-low 56 points and was bricking one shot after another. With Iona's tendency to not turn the ball over, look for Seattle to struggle to keep up considering it shoots only 40.3% (No. 312 in NCAA).

Iona has already earned impressive wins over Princeton and Saint Louis in 2022, so it can beat Seattle, too.

Final Score Prediction: Iona: 76 | Seattle: 64

Iona vs Seattle Betting Trends

- Iona is 2-3 against the spread (ATS) in its last five games.
- The total has hit the under in three of Iona's last five games.
- Seattle is 1-4 ATS in its last five games.
- The total has hit the under in four of Seattle's last five games.

Iona vs Seattle Best Bet

Seattle is in a slump right now. The Redhawks have scored less than 60 points in two of their last three games and have turned the ball over a total of 42 times during that span. Meeting up with an Iona team that averages 8.0 steals per game (T-No. 57 in NCAA) is not the best case scenario at all.

Not only is Iona forcing turnovers, but it is also creating second-chance scoring opportunities. The Gaels have averaged 10.7 offensive rebounds over their last three games, while only allowing their opponents to grab an average of 4.3 offensive rebounds. All signs point to a comfortable Iona victory.

Bet: Iona Gaels -8.5 (-110)

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