Iona vs Duke Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for March 19 NCAA Women's Tournament Game (Blue Devils Bounce Back)

Iona vs Duke Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Women's Tournament Game
  • No. 14 Iona (26-6, 11-4 Away) vs. No. 3 Duke (25-6, 13-1 Home)
  • Date:'Sunday, March 19, 2023
  • Time:'9:30 p.m. ET
  • Venue:'Cameron Indoor Stadium — Durham, North Carolina
  • Coverage:'ESPNU

Sunday, March 19's'2022-23 NCAA Women's Tournament'schedule includes a first-round matchup in the Seattle 4 region between the No. 14 Iona Gaels and No. 3 Duke Blue Devils.

Entering this tilt on a four-game winning streak, Iona's last outing saw it pick up a 73-60 win over Manhattan to capture the MAAC Championship. Meanwhile, Duke has been out of action since an embarrassing 58-37 loss to Virginia Tech in the AAC Tournament semifinals.

So, which side has what it takes to move on to the next round?

Iona vs Duke Odds & Spread

  • Moneyline:'IONA: (+3000) | DUKE: (-20000)
  • Spread:'IONA: +24.5 (-110) | DUKE: -24.5 (-110)
  • Total:'104.5 — Over: (-114) | Under: (-106)

Duke enters this contest as a heavy favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 9:30 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 104.5 points with the over being favored at -114 odds.

Iona vs Duke Prediction & Pick

Iona is a solid team, but it's about to face a Duke squad that's only lost once at Cameron Indoor Stadium this season. Considering how that loss came in Duke's last home outing, I expect a bounce-back performance. It's important to point out that the Blue Devils won 13 straight home games with a plus-19.0 scoring margin.

As solid as Iona looks on paper, it's in over its head here. The Gaels have yet to face a ranked team all season and are just 2-4 straight up on the road agains t non-MAAC competition. This is also just the second time that Iona has ever appeared in the NCAA Tournament, so I suspect that the spotlight will be too much to handle.

Back Duke turning things around with a strong first-round performance.

Final Score Prediction:'Duke: 68 | Iona: 54

Iona vs Duke Best Bet

With a projected total of just 104.5 points, taking the OVER is a no-brainer. After all, Iona has seen that number surpassed in six of its last seven games while Duke has exceeded 104.5 points in three of its last six .

As both sides attempt to step up to advance to Round 2, expect the OVER to be hit in the procress.