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Manhattan Jaspers vs. Rider Broncs Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/24/14

Rider Broncs (9-8) at Manhattan Jaspers (13-4)

College Basketball: Friday, January 24, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Draddy Gymnasium)

The Line: Manhattan Jaspers -11 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

Storyline: Manhattan eyes first place in the MAAC and can get there with a victory over Rider when the two square off at Draddy Gymnasium in New York City Friday.

The Breakdown: The Jaspers sit a half-game out of first place in the conference with a record of 6-2 and come in off a 71-67 loss to Fairfield Saturday. Manhattan struggled shooting the ball, connecting on 21 of 54 from the field and just 3 of 13 from distance, while the Stags shot 44.4 percent from the floor and hit 9 of 16 from outside the arc. Senior G Michael Alvarado had a game-high 22 points and sophomore F Ashton Pankey added 11 points and 6 rebounds. The Jaspers forced 20 Fairfield turnovers, but committed 16 themselves and were edged on the boards 36-35. Manhattan rallied from as many as 17 down in the second half to close within two points with 4 seconds remaining, but the Stags ultimately sealed it from the free throw line. Through 17 games, the Jaspers rank 42nd nationally with 78.4 ppg on 43 percent shooting and senior F George Beamon leads the team with 20.1 ppg.

Manhattan Jaspers vs. Rider Broncs Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/24/14

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Meanwhile, Rider is in 4th place in the MAAC with a league record of 5-3 and come into the contest off a 66-56 victory over Marist Saturday. The Broncos committed 24 turnovers, but trumped sloppy play by shooting 51.3 percent from the field and 7 of 14 from distance to the Red Foxes’ 32 percent from the floor and just 3 of 18 from outside the arc. Rider also dominated the boards 38-22. Senior G Anthony Myles had a game high 23 points, including 5 of 7 from downtown, and senior F Daniel Stewart added 17 points and 8 rebounds. On the season, the Broncos are averaging 78.4 ppg on 45.4 percent shooting and senior G Anthony Myles leads the team with 18.8 ppg.

Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -11 for Manhattan. These two don’t share any of the same conference losses and they average the exact same amount of points per game and just about the same shooting percentage as well, with Rider shooting a wee bit better. Manhattan might take it straight up, but the points look like the play right now.

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