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Iona Gaels vs. Manhattan Jaspers MAAC Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/10/14

Manhattan Jaspers (24-7) at Iona Gaels (22-9)

College Basketball: Monday, March 10, 2014 at 7:00 pm (MassMutual Center)

The Line: Iona Gaels +2 -- Over/Under: 157 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN2

The Iona Gaels and the Manhattan Jaspers face off on Monday for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament final with a spot in the NCAA Tournament going to the winner.

The Iona Gaels battle hard against Canisius on Sunday to get the win and advance to this game. Iona Finished in first place in the MAAC this season sitting at 19-3 in conference play and 11-7 in games played away from home. Sean Amand leads the Gaels averaging 17.9 points per game. A.J. English averages 17.2 points, Tre Bowman is averaging 13.9 points, and David Laury is averaging 13.8 points and 8.0 rebounds. Iona is averaging 84 points and they are shooting 48.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 74.4 points and their opponents are shooting 45.4 percent. Iona split their season series with Manhattan with the home team winning each time.

Iona Gaels vs. Manhattan Jaspers MAAC Tournament Pick, Odds, Prediction 3/10/14

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The Manhattan Jaspers stomped Quinnipiac by 19 points on Sunday to advance to this game. Manhattan is 17-5 in the MAAC and 15-4 in games played away from home. George Beamon leads the Jaspers averaging 19.1 points and 6.6 rebounds. Michael Alvarado is averaging 12.5 points, Rhamel Brown is averaging 9.7 points and 6.0 rebounds, and Shane Richards is averaging 8.5 points. Manhattan is averaging 77.3 points and they are shooting 44.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 70.1 points and their opponents are shooting 40.8 percent. Manhattan won the most recent meeting against Iona.

Manhattan 5-2 against the spread following a win, 4-9 against the spread following a game that they covered the spread, and 3-10 against the spread in their last 13 home games against a team with a winning record. Iona is 5-0 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread, 4-1 against the spread against the MAAC, and 5-2 against the spread in their last seven road games. The underdog has covered the point spread in four of the last five meetings of these two. 

This one should be competitive but Manhattan just seems tough and I like them in this spot in really just a lean. 

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