Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Saints versus the Gaels? Tip off is at at 1:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Hynes Athletics Center in New Rochelle, NY. This Metro Atlantic Athletic conference matchup has an over/under of 135 points, and Iona is favored to win by -14.5 at home vs. Siena.

SIENA SAINTS VS IONA GAELS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Siena Saints +14.5

This game will be played at Hynes Athletics Center at 1:00 ET on Saturday, March 9th.

WHY BET THE SIENA SAINTS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Gaels.
  • Even though we have Iona winning straight-up, we like Siena at +14.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Are Siena Ready for a Road Win?

Heading into their matchup with Iona, Siena is 4-26 overall, including a 3-16 record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. They have lost six straight games, and their road record is 2-13 compared to 2-13 at home. As the underdog, the Saints are 3-25 this season.

In their last game, Siena lost to Niagara by a score of 66-59. Over their last three road games, they have gone 0-3, and their record over the last 10 road games is 2-8. On average, the Saints have been outscored by 16.2 points per game on the road.

As the underdog, Siena has a 12-16 record against the spread this season. On the road, the Saints are 8-7 vs. the spread, including a 1-2 mark in their last 3 road games. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Siena has gone 5-5 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 135 is right in line with the average over/under line in Siena’s games this season (137.4). This year, 15 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 130 points compared to the season-long average of 135.4 points per game.

In their recent game, the Saints’ offense concluded with 59 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 60.5 points per contest. Coming into the game, the Saints offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 28%. On average, they get up 18.8 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 11.3 made free-throws.

The Saints’ defense is presently ranked 251st nationally, allowing an average of 74.9 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Niagara, the Purple Eagles finished with a field goal percentage of 38% and a total of 66 points vs. Siena.

Are Iona Ready for a Home Win?

At home this season, Iona has gone 8-6, with an average scoring margin of +3.1 points per game. The Gaels have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at home.

Overall, Iona has a record of 14-16, and they have gone 9-10 in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play. In their last game, the Gaels lost to Manhattan by a score of 77-60.

As the favorite this season, Iona has gone just 9-13 vs. the spread. Their ATS record at home is 5-9, and their mark vs. the spread in their last 10 games as the favorite is 3-7.

So far this season, the over/under record for Iona games is 12-17-1. Today’s over/under line of 135 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (144.2). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 139 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 0-2-1.

In contrast to their season average of 72.1 points per game, the Iona had a below average performance. They scored 60 points against Manhattan and had a field goal percentage of 49%. The team’s scoring leader is Greg Gordon, who holds an average of 15.9 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Idan Tretout is averaging 13.7 points per game this season.

So far, the Gaels’ defense is ranked 166th in the country at 71.7 points per contest. Iona’s three-point defense is currently 166th in the country at 7.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 46.4% of their shots vs. Iona.