Iona vs BYU 2012 NCAA Bracket Predictions: The Iona Gaels (25-7) and BYU Cougars (25-8), both 14-seeds in the 2012 Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, will do battle in the First Four – First Round at Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio Tuesday (9 p.m. ET) for a chance to advance and play No. 3 seed Marquette in the West Regional in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday. Iona finished the regular season as champs of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with a 15-3 conference mark and 20-13 overall record. BYU ended its season with a solid 25-8 year while finishing third, behind St. Mary’s and Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference.
BYU is listed by online sports book Bovada.lv as a 2-chalk College Basketball Odds favorite versus the Gaels with a combined score (over/under) of 162. Both schools love the transition game so fans should have a blast watching these two get up and down the floor. The Cougars and Gaels are very good at filling the basket and are both among the leaders nationally in scoring. The Cougars average scoring 78.2 points per game, 13th best in the NCAA, while the Gaels lead the nation in scoring averaging 83.3 points per game.
Let there be no doubt that both coaches have headaches trying to figure out how to stop the other. This game, that could be called a track-meet, will produce lots of points. Iona is here because of its ability to play with the big boys. The Gaels defeated ACC member Maryland on the road by 26 points early this season and opened with Purdue only losing by a point in a 90-91 score-fest. BYU has held its own too, winning against Gonzaga at home and played Baylor to within three losing 83-86.
I think the best way to wager this game is take the OVER 162 total and watch them score. My Pick – OVER 162.
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