Manhattan vs. Siena - 3/11/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Manhattan vs. Siena - 3/11/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

Manhattan Jaspers (13-17) vs. Siena Saints (19-10)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Boardwalk Hall)

The Line: Siena Saints -4.5. Over/Under 127.5

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The Manhattan Jaspers will take on the Siena Saints, as part of the MAAC Tournament.  The Jaspers are (13-17), coming off a 61-43 win over Fairfield.  The Saints are (19-10), after upending Monmouth on the road, 86-72.

In the Jaspers win over Fairfield, Manhattan was guided throughout the game by Pauly Paulicap.  Paulicap secured a double-double, totaling 18 points and 12 rebounds.  The Jaspers converted on 39 percent from the floor and 47 percent from 3-point distance.  Manhattan held Fairfield to 25 percent from the floor and 15 percent from distance.  The Jaspers out scored Fairfield, 24 to 6 from 3-point range.  Manhattan won the rebounding battle, 41 to 30.  The game was tied at 19 at the half, but dominated the 2nd half.   

Tykei Greene is averaging 10.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per contest for the Jaspers.  Paulicap is collecting 10 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.  Manhattan is averaging 62.6 points per contest, while registering 39.8 percent from the floor on the year.

In the Saints win over Monmouth, Siena was led offensively by Manny Camper.  Camper recorded a double-double, finishing with 14 points, 18 rebounds, and 5 assists.  Siena converted on 55 percent from the floor and 37 percent from distance.  The Saints held Monmouth to 39 percent, but were even better in perimeter defense.  Siena held Monmouth to 22 percent from deep on 27 attempts.  The Saints dominated the boards, out rebounding Monmouth 43 to 27.  Siena did struggle with ball security, committing 16 turnovers.  The Saints led 43-34 at the half.

The Saints have been paced on offense this season by Jalen Pickett.  Pickett is collecting 15.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 6 assists per game.  Elijah Burns is registering 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest.  Siena is recording 72.6 points per game, while connecting on 35.6 percent from 3-point range for the season. 

Recent Betting Trends:

Manhattan is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games.

Manhattan is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games against Siena.

The under is 4-2 in Manhattan's last 6 games.

Siena is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games.

Siena is 9-0 SU in their last 9 games.

The under is 7-2 in Siena's last 9 games.

Siena has won 6 of the last 10 matchups against Manhattan.  The Jaspers do not have a great 3-point defense, ranking 294th.  The Saints have been solid from 3-point range on offense, ranking 64th with a 35.6 percent.  The offensive side of the ball has been detrimental to Manhattan, as the Jaspers rank 341st in offensive production and 338th in field goal percent defense.  Manhattan will not be able to keep pace with a Siena team averaging over 72.5 points. Final score prediction, Siena will win and cover against the spread, 69-63. 

 

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