- Two of the top MAAC teams battle Friday, January 27th when the Iona Gaels play the Siena Saints
- At 7-2, Siena have the best conference record, with Iona sitting right behind them at 6-2
- All the Iona vs Siena odds can be seen below plus our best bet and prediction for this game
Two of the more under the radar squads to watch out for in college hoops go head-to-head on Friday, January 27th when the Iona Gaels (13-6, 10-9 ATS) pay a visit to the Siena Saints (13-7, 12-7-1 ATS). Tipoff for this clash is scheduled for 7:00 pm ET from MVP Arena in Albany, New York.
This is a massive game when it comes to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference standings, as the Saints and Gales currently own the top two conference records. Despite being the home side and sitting in top spot in the MAAC, the Saints are 5.5-point underdogs in the college basketball odds.
Below, we preview this huge game and provide you with the Iona vs Siena odds while also offering up our best bet and prediction.
Iona vs Siena Odds
|O 140.5 (-110)
|U 140.5 (-110)
Odds as of January 26th from FanDuel. Unlock the FanDuel promo code to bet on this game.
Five of the Gaels losses this year have come away from home, but the sportsbooks still feel comfortable that they should defeat Siena on the road. At -235 on the moneyline, Iona has a 70.15% implied win probability, with the home Saints owning just a 34.48% probability to win with their straight up odds.
Iona Gaels Struggling to Find Consistency
It’s been an up and down few weeks for the Gaels as they look to regain the form that saw them win seven of nine contests in December. They’ve alternated wins and losses in their last five games. In their last outing, they squeaked by Manhattan with an 84-76 overtime victory.
— Iona Men’s Basketball (@IonaGaelsMBB) January 21, 2023
Playing road games has been a bit of a problem for the Gaels as they own just a 2-3 away record. Five of their next seven are on the road so fixing that issue will go a long way in determining how they finish the season.
By far, the Gaels are the best team from the MAAC according to KenPom, ranking 77th overall while the next highest ranked team in the conference is Quinnipiac sitting 65 places below them.
Iona is just the type of team that could throw a scare into the best teams in the odds to win the NCAA tournament if they make the big dance and square off against one of the favorites in an early round matchup.
They’re solid on both ends of the court and don’t rely on any one player to carry the squad. Three players average more than 15 points per game for the Gaels with guard Daniss Jenkins pouring in 16.3 per outing and leading the way.
Siena Saints Get It Done with D
Siena has been struggling to score points lately, but their defense has picked them up while they’ve put up a 5-2 record this month. In their last five contests, they’ve gone under the betting total four times. Previous to that, they hit the over four out of five times.
Iona vs Siena Recent Results
|SIE 70 – IONA 64
|IONA 74 – SIE 57
|SIE 52 – IONA 55
|SIE 65 – IONA 64
|IONA 64 – SIE 87
Furthermore, points have been hard to come by for both sides when they’ve gone head-to-head. In their last 10 meetings, they’ve gone under the betting line eight times. They’ve also topped 140 points, the over/under in this game, just twice during that span.
For the month, the Saints have averaged just 66.3 points per game. To make matters worse, they’re coming off their worst offensive outing of the year in a 62-52 loss to Fairfield. In that game, the Saints shot just 36% from the floor.
Although they’re coming off a home loss, the Saints sport a 6-2 home record so far this season. They have shown an ability to contain their opponents offense on their home court. No squad has put up more than 70 points in MVP Arena against the Saints in the last two months.
Iona vs Siena Pick and Prediction
Being handicapped as underdogs in the college basketball odds can be a source of motivation for the Saints here. The Gaels haven’t really shown that they can win on the road.
🗣️ "I expect the city to show out, I expect Siena students and the Saints faithful to show out in numbers. Big game. I mean, there's no two ways about it." – Jackson Stormo@SienaMBB hosts archrival Iona Friday night at 7⃣PM at @TheMVPArena
— Siena Saints (@SienaSaints) January 26, 2023
In addition, when we look at each team’s record against the spread, the trends points to taking the home side in the Iona vs Siena odds. Owners of a 12-7-1 ATS record, Siena does a lot better against the betting line.
Meanwhile Iona are very streaky in their covers. Currently, they have failed to cover the spread in four consecutive matchups, so our prediction is to take the dogs to keep this close on their home court with a nod towards a wager on the under as well.
Pick: Siena Saints +5.5 (-106); Under 140.5 Points (-110)