Bracket Projection: Iona

Deep, high-scoring Gaels will need a defensive boost to pull off an upset

Updated: March 21, 2013, 12:29 PM ET
By Matt Martucci | ESPN Insider
Iona GaelsMark L. Baer/USA TODAY SportsLamont "Momo" Jones was the top scorer in the MAAC this season.

After last year's disappointing loss to BYU in the First Four -- a game in which they blew a 25-point lead -- the Iona Gaels have made their way back to the 2013 NCAA tournament and present one of the fastest-paced offenses in the field. What does Tim Cluess' squad need to do to pull an upset, and what would send them to a repeat of last season?

ESPN Insider has your answers, as Joe Lunardi has enlisted a team of Bracketologists to compile advanced metrics, key scouting intel and best- and worst-case tournament scenarios for all 68 teams, in order to help you make smart picks in your bracket. Plus, as Lunardi fills out his bracket, he'll give you his prediction on how each team will fare.

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Lunardi's Logic

Don't blink when you watch Iona or you'll miss a basket. Problem is, that basket comes from the other team as often as it comes from the Gaels. Mo Mo Jones & Co. will get up and down the floor against Ohio State, but the Buckeyes could go for 90-plus against them. Think last year's big swing and miss against BYU, only worse.

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