Saint Peter's Peacocks vs. Manhattan Jaspers Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/2/14
Manhattan Jaspers (9-2) at Saint Peter's Peacocks (4-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Yanitelli Center)
The Line: Saint Peter's Peacocks +7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: not listed
The Manhattan Jaspers shoot for their third conference win versus the St Peter's Peacocks at the Yanitelli Center.
Is Manhattan the team to beat in the MAAC? They certainly look good enough right now but this is a league that can be as predictable as the weather. The Jaspers have been riding their offense to six consecutive victories following an 84-81 overtime victory over Buffalo. The Jaspers got away with one with only 34% shooting but turning 22 Bulls giveaways in to 13 more shots to off set UB's 40% accuracy. George Beamon tossed in a game high 22 points with RaShawn Stores and Ashton Pankey scoring ten points each while Rich Williams and Emmy Andujar tossing in nine points apiece.
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Saint Peter's has been one of those teams that have that ability to score points and win games but the trick is figuring out when the offense is ready to break out. The Peacocks are difficult to peg but came up with a complete effort at both ends of the floor in a 67-59 decision over Cornell. The Big Red held a 40%-36.7% edge in marksmanship but the Peacocks dominated the charity stripe 27-9 to secure the win. Saint Peter's leaned on Marvin Dominique who poured in 26 points and hauled in 13 rebounds with Desi Washington and Trevis Wyche each adding 13 points with Wyche handing out six assists.
I like Manhattan but they play things too close mainly because opponents do their share of scoring. That makes this spread on the road a tough call...