Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Iona Gaels NCAAB Men’s Tournament First Round Betting Preview, Lines, Odds, Insights, and Trends for March 20, 2021

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An opening-round NCAA Tournament matchup will see the 2-seed Alabama Crimson Tide (24-6) take the court as a 16.5-point favorite against the No. 15 seed Iona Gaels (12-5) on Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The contest begins at 4:00 PM ET on TBS. Here's what you need to know about this 2-15 matchup before filling out your brackets.

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Alabama vs Iona Betting Information
Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
Alabama -16.5 -111 -109 147 -113 -108 -1975 1022

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Point Total Insights

  • In Alabama games this season, the total topped Saturday's over/under 16 times (53.3%).
  • Eight Iona games this season featured a total above Saturday's set over/under of 147 (47.1%).
  • This contest's total is 11.3 points more than the 135.7 these two squads combine to allow per game this season.
  • The Crimson Tide score 13.7 more points per game (79.6) than the Gaels allow (65.9).
  • The Gaels score just 2.4 more points per game (72.2) than the Crimson Tide give up to opponents (69.8).
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    Alabama Betting Data

  • Strong against the spread this season, the Crimson Tide have covered 17 times in 28 contests.
  • The Crimson Tide fare well when favored by at least 16.5 points, posting a 2-0 record against the spread.
  • Alabama and its opponents have converted the over just 0 times in 28 (0%) games this season.
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    Alabama Leaders

    Crimson Tide Leaders
    Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
    Jaden Shackelford 18 13.7 4.1 1.7 1.1 0.1 2.1
    Jahvon Quinerly 17 12.4 1.7 3.3 0.8 0.1 1.5
    John Petty Jr. 17 11.4 5.5 1.9 1.6 0.4 2.2
    Alex Reese 18 3.9 2.6 0.4 0.3 0.2 0.7
    Juwan Gary 17 3.3 2.2 0.2 0.4 0.3 0.0

    Iona Betting Data

  • The Gaels have a 5-3 record against the spread, covering in 62.5% of their outings.
  • When they play as at least 16.5-point underdogs, the Gaels have a record ATS of 0-0.
  • Iona and its opponents have hit the over in fewer than half of their matchups this year -- 0 of 8 (0%).
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    Iona Leaders

    Gaels Leaders
    Name GP PTS REB ASST STL BLK 3PM
    Isaiah Ross 12 18.7 4.3 1.4 1.3 0.1 2.5
    Asante Gist 9 13.1 2.3 3.1 0.7 0.1 1.4
    Dylan van Eyck 13 7.8 6.9 2.5 0.5 0.5 0.8
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