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Iona Gaels vs. Manhattan Jaspers - 2/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Manhattan Jaspers (15-12) at Iona Gaels (23-6)

College Basketball: Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Hynes Athletics Center)

The Line: Iona Gaels -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 2

The Manhattan Jaspers will travel to the Hynes Athletics Center to take on the Iona Gaels this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Manhattan Jaspers improved to 15-12 (12-6 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Marist Red Foxes, 67-54, this past Monday. Manhattan shot 46.7% from the field and 21.4% (3-14) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Jaspers was Jermaine Lawrence who had 19 points, 6 rebounds, and 1 block. Manhattan is ranked 205th in the RPI Standings and has played the 328th ranked SOS. On the season, the Jaspers have been led by Emmy Andujar (16.4 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.5 apg) and Shane Richards (13.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.7 apg). Manhattan is averaging 69.4 ppg (ranked 122nd) on 43.9% shooting (ranked 152nd). The Jaspers average 13.9 apg (ranked 88th) however, commit 14.9 turnovers per game (ranked 322nd). Manhattan is holding their opponents to an average of 68.2 ppg (ranked 232nd) on 44.3% shooting (ranked 242nd). The Jaspers average 7.9 spg (ranked 31st) and have a turnover margin of 2.0 (ranked 50th).

Iona Gaels vs. Manhattan Jaspers - 2/27/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Iona Gaels improved to 23-6 (16-2 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Monmouth Hawks, 69-68, this past Sunday. Iona shot 40.0% from the field and 30.0% (9-30) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Gaels was David Laury who had 24 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists. Iona is ranked 50th in the RPI Standings and has played the 222nd ranked SOS. On the season, the Gaels have been led by David Laury (20.6 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.7 apg) and A.J. English (19.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.3 apg). Iona is averaging 80.3 ppg (ranked 5th) on 47.3% shooting (ranked 32nd The Gaels average 10.0 three-pointers per game (ranked 4th) on 40.5% three-point shooting (ranked 10th). Iona is holding their opponents to an average of 72.6 ppg (ranked 312th) on 41.9% shooting (ranked 127th).  The Gaels pull down 26.31 defensive rpg (ranked 24th) and commit an average of 16.9 fouls per game (ranked 71st).

The Jaspers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Gaels are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games however, are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Manhattan has won three straight games and 7 of their last 9, however, did drop a 70-67 match-up at home against Iona about two weeks ago. Iona has won 10 straight however, in their last 4 victories, they average margin of victory has been just 2.75 points. Iona has two of the best players in the MAAC in David Laury and A.J. English and will look to keep this game fast-paced as they feel that they can outscore anyone in the country. Although I do really like this Iona team and I hope they make the NCAA tournament as I feel they could do some damage, as this is a rivalry game and for the fact that Iona already has the MAAC regular season title wrapped up, I'm going to go with Manhattan being able to keep this game close and within the number. Take Manhattan and the points.

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