Pac 12 Regular Season Champion Oregon battles mid-major Iona in Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 17. The game takes place at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, CA. Tip-off is at 2:00 pm ET.
How To Bet The Iona Gaels Vs Oregon Ducks Spread & ATS Pick
Iona went 14-16-2 against the spread this season. They won 22 games and lost 12. Oregon went 19-14 ATS this season. Oregon finished the season with a 29-5 record. Now let’s find out if any of these two National Title hopefuls have a shot at being called NCAA Basketball champs.
What: No. 14 Iona Gaels (22-12) vs No. 3 Oregon Ducks (29-5)
When: Friday, March 20, 2017
Start Time: 2:00 PM ET
Where: Sacramento, California
Stadium: Golden 1 Center
Spread: Oregon -15
Moneyline: Iona +1050 vs Oregon -1600
Game Total: 152
Stream: Watch TBS
Listen: Iona vs Oregon
Bet Iona +15 Because…
All 5 of Iona’s starters scored in double-figures in their last game, an 87 to 86 overtime win versus Sienna. Jordan Washington scored 21 points, E.J. Crawford scored 12, Deyshonee Much added 18, Schadric Casimir was good for 10, and Rickey McGill scored 14. With that kind of balance, Iona can keep any game close.
Bet Oregon -15 Because…
Oregon has one of the most underrated defenses in college basketball. Oregon’s D allows only 65 points per game. They hold opponents to 40% shooting from the field and 31% shooting from three. If the Ducks have their defense going, they should beat Iona rather easily.
Iona Gaels Vs Oregon Ducks Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
I think Oregon wins the game, but I’m not willing to give up 15 points. It has a lot to do with Chris Boucher’s injury.
The Ducks had a terrible time keeping Arizona from getting the ball into the paint in Oregon’s 83 to 80 loss to Arizona in the Pac 12 Championship. Usually, the Ducks’ interior defense wouldn’t be an issue, but without Boucher, Oregon couldn’t stop Arizona.
Iona doesn’t have an inside player the caliber of what Arizona has. But, Iona is getting 15 points. Jordan Washington, Iona’s only starting forward, has scored 15 points or more in 8 straight games.
Washington should be effective enough versus Oregon’s inside players to keep this one closer than 15 points. I like Iona ATS.