The top-seeded Iona Gaels will look to win their sixth Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament Championship in the past seven tournaments when they face the No. 11 seed Marist Red Foxes. Rick Pitino's Gaels (26-7, 17-3 MAAC), who beat No. 5 Niagara 71-59 in Friday's semifinal, are 13-6 all-time in MAAC title games. The Red Foxes (13-19, 6-14), who topped No. 10 Saint Peter's 69-57 on Friday, are making their first conference championship game appearance. Iona has won 23 of the past 26 meetings with Marist, including five straight.
The game from the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, will tip off at 7:30 p.m. ET (see up-to-date odds for every game this week on our college basketball odds page). The Gaels are 14.5-point favorites in the latest Marist vs. Iona odds, while the over/under for total points scored is set at 135.5.
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The model knows Iona sophomore guard Walter Clayton Jr. has been red hot. He is coming off a 22-point, six-rebound and three-assist performance in the semifinal win over Niagara, following a 21-point, 11-rebound and two steal game in the quarterfinal win over Mount St. Mary's. Clayton has reached double-figure scoring in each of the last six games. For the season, he is averaging 16.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.
The model also knows senior center Patrick Gardner is at the heart of the Marist offense. He is coming off a double-double in Friday's semifinal win over Saint Peter's. He scored 18 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out two assists. He has reached 20 points or better in four of the past six games. For the season, Gardner is averaging 19 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
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