Iona vs. Manhattan - 2/14/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Manhattan Jaspers (11-10) at Iona Gaels (7-12)
College Basketball: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Hynes Athletics Center)
The Line: Iona Gaels -3.5 -- Over/Under: 131
The Manhattan Jaspers will travel to the Hynes Athletics Center to take on the Iona Gaels this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Manhattan Jaspers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 11-10 (7-5 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 65-63, this past Sunday. Manhattan allowed Quinnipiac to fight back to tie the game late after leading by a 51-40 margin midway through the 2nd half, however, the Jaspers were still able to secure the victory after Tykei Greene hit a game-winning lay-up with just :01 second left in regulation. Manhattan shot 42.9% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 25-10 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Jaspers was Warren Williams who had 14 points, 4 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 steals.
On the season, Manhattan is averaging 64.3 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Jaspers are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 31.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Manhattan has been led by Pauly Paulicap (10.0 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.6 bpg), Tykei Greene (9.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg), and Christian Hinckson (6.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.9 spg).
Defensively, Manhattan is holding their opponents to an average of 64.0 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field. The Jaspers have a rebound margin of -1.0 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
The Iona Gaels won their 2nd consecutive game and improved to 7-12 (5-7 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Fairfield Stags, 78-54, this past Sunday. Iona was outstanding offensively agianst Fairfield and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 65-46 lead with just 6:51 left in regulation. Iona shot 57.4% from the field and 52.6% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Gaels was Isaiah Ross who had 23 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, and a steal.
On the season, Iona is averaging 68.6 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Gaels are averaging 8.4 three-pointers per game on 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Iona has been led by E.J. Crawford (17.6 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.6 apg), Tajuan Agee (13.6 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.2 spg), and Isaiah Washington (10.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.6 spg).
Defensively, Iona is allowing their opponents to average 72.4 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Gaels have a rebound margin of -2.7 and a turnover margin of -0.6.
The Jaspers are 10-5 ATS in their last 15 games against an opponent in the MAAC and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games played in February. The Gaels are 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games at home.
Manhattan is a defensively minded team and although scoring offense rank just 325th in College Basketball, the Jaspers come into this game ranked 43rd in scoring defense & 40th in defensive FG%.
Iona has struggled on both ends of the court this season as the Gaels come into this match-up ranked 254th in scoring offense, 238th in FG%, and 260th in scoring defense.
Manhattan dominated Iona at home less than two weeks ago in a 72-49 victory and although I expect this to be a closer game, I think the Jaspers defense will once again give the Iona offense trouble and that the Japers at worst, cover with the points. Good Luck!