MAAC Conference Tournament Semifinals - Saint Peter's Peacocks vs. Manhattan Jaspers - 3/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Saint Peter's Peacocks (16-17) at Manhattan Jaspers (17-13)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Times Union Center)
The Line: Manhattan Jaspers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 123.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The St. Peter’s Peacocks and Manhattan Jaspers will face off in the semifinals of the MAAC tournament this Sunday night at the Times Union Center.
The St. Peter’s Peacocks, the 7th seed in MAAC, pulled the upset of the 2nd seeded Rider Broncs 68-59 to advance to the semifinals of the MAAC Men’s Championship. St. Peter’s shot 42.9% from the field and just 57.1% (5-25) from beyond the arc in the victory. The Hawks held Rider to just 20.0 (4-20) shooting from beyond the arc while going 30-39 from the free-throw line. Leading the way for St. Peter’s was Desi Washington who had 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. St. Peter’s is ranked 241st in the RPI Standings and has played the 310th ranked SOS. On the season, the Peacocks have been led by Marvin Dominique (13.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg) and Desi Washington (13.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.4 apg). St. Peter’s averages 61.4 ppg (ranked 308th) on 41.2% shooting (ranked 277th). The Peacocks average 5.7 three-pointers per game (ranked 236th) and commit 11.8 turnovers per game (ranked 92nd). Defensively, St. Peter’s hold their opponents to an average of 60.1 ppg (ranked 32nd) on 39.7% shooting (ranked 43rd). The Peacocks are holding their opponents to 31.1% from beyond the arc ranked 39th) and have a turnover margin of 1.2 (ranked 97th).
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The Manhattan Jaspers, the number 3 seed in the MAAC tournament, used a big first half to defeat the Marist Red Foxes, 74-58 yesterday afternoon. Manhattan shot 42.3% from the field and 92.9% (26-28) from the free throw line in the victory. The Jaspers won the rebound battle by a 41-28 margin and held the Red Foxes to just 18.8% (3-16) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Jaspers was Emmy Andujar who had 24 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. Manhattan is ranked 193rd in the RPI Standings and has played the 299th ranked SOS. On the season, Iona has been led by Emmy Andujar (16.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.1 spg) and Ashton Pankey (13.3 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.4 bpg). Manhattan averages 69.6 ppg (ranked 119th) on 43.6% shooting (ranked 169th). The Jaspers average 6.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 160th) and 13.9 apg (ranked 84th). Defensively, Manhattan is allowing their opponents to average 68.4 ppg (ranked 235th) on 44.2% shooting (ranked 241st). The Jaspers average 8.1 spg (ranked 20th) and have a turnover margin 2.3 (ranked 41st).
The Peacocks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games. The Jaspers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Manhattan was able to defeat St. Peter’s in both of their matchups this season, however, they haven’t played each other since mid-January. St. Peter’s has won their last three games and have held their opponents to just 50.66 ppg in that span. Manhattan has won four of their last five games will look to create points off turnovers. St. Peter’s surprised everyone with their upset of Rider yesterday, however, I feel that Manhattan will be able to find success against the Peacock defense and cover this spread. The line has yet to be posted however, as long as Manhattan is only favored by about 5 points, I’m taking Manhattan to cover.