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2023 NCAA Basketball Handicapping Gaels vs. Connecticut
- (27-7) Iona Gaels vs. Connecticut Huskies (25-8)
- Date: Friday, March 17th
- Time: 4:30 ET
- Venue: MVP Arena, Albany
- CBB Moneyline Odds: Gaels +346 | Huskies -458
- NCAAB Betting ATS Odds: Iona +9.5 | Connecticut -9.5 (Bet Now!)
- CBB Betting Total: O/U 144.0
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At this point, Iona heads into their matchup vs Connecticut with a record of 27-7 and riding a 14 game win streak. Presently, in their 18 road games this season, the Gaels have a record of 12-6.
Having been the underdog in 2 games, the Gaels have gone 1-1 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +9.5 underdogs on the spread.
Presently, Iona has a record of 7-4 in non-conference games. In Metro Atlantic Athletic action, they have a mark of 20-3.
Coming into the game, Daniss Jenkins is the team leader in scoring, averaging 15.6 points per game. In addition to his scoring, Jenkins is grabbing 4.4 rebounds and adding 4.9 assists. Iona’s second leading scorer is Walter Clayton Jr., who has hit 45.6% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 16.9 points per game.
The Gaels offense heads into the game, ranked 76th in the NCAA at 75.2 points per contest. In addition, Iona’s offensive attack is heavily reliant on getting the ball inside, as 68.16% of their shots have come inside the arc. So far, the team is ranked 97th in overall field goal percentage at 45.9%. When the Gaels have taken 3-point shots, they are hitting 33.0% of their looks.
In terms of pace, Iona is below the NCAA average in possessions per game, averaging just 75.3 per contest, placing them just 157th in college basketball. Currently, the team is pulling down rebounds at a similar rate to the NCAA average at 37.0 rebounds per contest. This figure includes 11.3 offensive boards per game.
At this time, the Huskies have a 25-8 overall record, Connecticut squares off with Iona. So far, Connecticut has been the home team 19 times, sitting with a record of 17-2.
Getting ready to play for the 31 times as the favorite, Connecticut has gone 24-7 in those matchups. Playing at home, the Huskies come into this game as -9.5 point favorites.
Presently, Connecticut has a record of 11-0 in non-conference games. In Big East action, they have a mark of 14-8.
Coming into the game, Adama Sanogo is the team leader in scoring, averaging 16.8 points per game. In addition to his scoring, Sanogo is grabbing 7.3 rebounds and adding 1.3 assists. Connecticut’s second leading scorer is Jordan Hawkins, who has hit 40.5% of his field goal attempts and is averaging 16.1 points per game.
Huskies Key Stats
The Huskies offense heads into the game, ranked 80th in the NCAA at 75.2 points per contest. In addition, Connecticut’s offensive attack is heavily reliant on getting the ball inside, as 65.84% of their shots have come inside the arc. So far, the team is ranked 257th in overall field goal percentage at 43.6%. When the Huskies have taken 3-point shots, they are hitting 35.4% of their looks.
In terms of pace, Connecticut is below the NCAA average in possessions per game, averaging just 66.8 per contest, placing them just 510th in college basketball. Currently, the team is one of the better rebounding teams in the country, at 40.9 rebounds per contest. This figure includes 14.0 offensive boards per game.
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Iona Gaels vs. Connecticut Huskies CBB Betting Trends
- Firstly, Iona is 3-2 vs. the spread in their last 5 games. The Gaels are 5-0 straight up in these matchups.
- Secondly, Iona is 6-4 ATS in their last 10 games on the road, going 10-0 SU.
- At this point, Gaels are 1-2 SU in their last 3 games as the underdog. They are 2-1 vs. the spread in these contests.
- Also, Huskies are 2-1 SU in their last 3 games as the favorite. They are 2-1 vs. the spread in these contests.
Free Iona Gaels vs. Connecticut Huskies CBB Betting Pick:
Free Spread Prediction: Iona Gaels +9.5
At first glance, its easy to just write off a team that +9.5 point underdogs at home. However, our analysis shows that there is a lot of value in getting a wager in on the Iona Gaels to cover the spread in their matchup vs. the Connecticut Huskies. Not only has Iona been profitbale over their last 5 games as the underdog, going 4-1 ATS. But we also like how their tendency to play an up-tempo style of basketball will throw a wrench in Connecticut’s gameplan, as they prefer to play a slower style of basketball. Look for Iona to put up a fight on their home floor, as they go on to cover the spread as +9.5 point underdogs.
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