Manhattan vs. Rutgers - 12/14/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (5-4) at Manhattan Jaspers (2-5)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Manhattan Jaspers -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and the Manhattan Jaspers face off on Sunday in college basketball action.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 5-4 this season and they have won two of their last three games. Rutgers is averaging 57.4 points and they are shooting 37.3 percent and defensively they are allowing 62.9 points and their opponents are shooting 40.7 percent. Myles Mack leads the Scarlet Knights averaging 14.8 points per game. Kadeem Jack is averaging 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds, Junior Etou is averaging 9.6 points and 7.0 rebounds, and Mike Williams is averaging 7.3 points. Rutgers is in their first year in the Big Ten conference and they open their conference schedule on December 30th against Northwestern.
The Manhattan jaspers are 2-5 this season but they are coming off of a win that ended a three game losing streak. Manhattan is averaging 62.9 points and they are shooting 41.5 percent while defensively they were allowing 65 points and their opponents shoot 41.4 percent. Shane Richards leads the Jaspers averaging 13.1 points per game. Emmy Andujar is averaging 11.3 points and 8.1 rebounds, Ashton Pankey is averaging 11 points and 5.6 rebounds, and Tyler Wilson is averaging 6.7 points. Manhattan has played just one home game this season and they are 0-4 in road games.
Rutgers is 2-6 against the spread in their last eight games, 0-4 against the spread following a win, and 4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the spread. Manhattan is 5-1 against the spread in their last six neutral site games, 4-1 against the spread following a win, and 1-3-1 against the spread in their last five non-conference games.
Rutgers has faced the much tougher schedule and I see that giving them the edge here.