The Iona Gaels will take on the No. 10 Alabama Crimson Tide at 5 p.m. ET Thursday at HP Field House. The Crimson Tide are 4-0 while Iona is 5-0. These teams met in the 2021 NCAA Tournament first round in which Alabama prevailed 68-55.
The Crimson Tide are favored by 12 points in the latest Alabama vs. Iona odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 152.5. Before entering any Alabama vs. Iona picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Iona vs. Alabama spread: Iona +12
- Iona vs. Alabama over-under: 152.5 points
What you need to know about Iona
Iona didn't have too much trouble with the North Alabama Lions on Saturday as it won 81-65. The Gaels had four players in double-figures, including Tyson Jolly and Quinn Slazinski who each had 18 points. Iona knocked down 64.3 percent of its 3PAs compared to North Alabama making just 12.5 percent.
Iona is coached by two-time national champion Rick Pitino, who has made seven Final Four appearances. The Gaels excel at drawing contact and getting to the free throw line as they rank third in the nation in FTAs and ninth in FTMs. Iona also does a great job of protecting the rim as the Gaels rank fifth in the country with 7.8 blocks per game.
What you need to know about Alabama
Meanwhile, Bama made easy work of the Oakland Golden Grizzlies last Friday and carried off an 86-59 victory. Bama got double-digit scores from four players: guard Jaden Shackelford (20), guard Jahvon Quinerly (19), center Charles Bediako (12), and guard JD Davison (10). The Tide have won their five games by an average of 15.4 points per game.
Alabama possesses one of the best offenses in the nation and ranks eighth with 89.0 points per game. Bama also crashes the boards like no other as it leads all of college basketball with 47.0 rebounds per contest. Shackelford, a junior guard, is on the Wooden Award preseason watch list and leads the Tide with 19.5 points per game.
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