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Saint Peter's vs. Manhattan - 2/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Manhattan Jaspers (11-13) at Saint Peter's Peacocks (11-13)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Yanitelli Center)

The Line: Saint Peter's Peacocks -3.5 -- Over/Under: 128.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Manhattan Jaspers will travel to the Yanitelli Center to take on the Saint Peter’s Peacocks this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Manhattan Jaspers dropped to 11-13 (8-7 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Monmouth Hawks, 79-70, this past Monday. Manhattan hung around with Monmouth but allowed the Hawks to use a 10-3 run late in the 2nd half to take a 75-62 lead and couldn’t fight back for the victory. Manhattan shot 42.1% from the field and 25.0% (5-20) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Jaspers allowed the Hawks to shoot 50.0% from the field and 35.7% (5-14) from three-point range. Leading the way for Manhattan was Calvin Crawford who had 22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Jaspers have been led by Shane Richards (17.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Rich Williams (14.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 spg), and Calvin Crawford (11.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.5 bpg). Offensviely, Manhattan is averaging 69.8 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field and 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Jaspers average 7.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.99. Defensively, Manhattan is allowing their opponents to average 74.2 ppg on 46.9% shooting. The Jaspers have a rebound margin of -6.5 an average 7.7 steals per game.

Saint Peter's vs. Manhattan - 2/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The St. Peter’s Peacocks won their 3rd straight game and improved to 11-13 (9-6 MACC) on the season after defeating the Canisius Golden Griffins, 61-57, this past Sunday. St. Peter’s had a 26-22 halftime lead in this one and got big buckets from Antwon Portley and Trevis Wyche in the closing minute which allowed them to hang on for the win. St. Peter’s shot 39.6% from the field and outrebounded Canisius by a 42-30 margin. The Peacocks held the Golden Griffins to 36.5% shooting and lost the turnover battle by a 14-9 margin. Leading the way for St. Peter’s was Trevis Wyche who had 17 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Peacocks have been led by Antwon Portley (14.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 apg), Trevis Wyche (12.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.0 spg), and Quadir Welton (12.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 bpg). Offensively, St. Peter’s is averaging 65.8 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field and 32.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Peacocks average 6.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.91. Defensively, St. Peter’s is holding their opponents to an average of 67.0 ppg on 41.8% shooting. The Peacocks have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of -0.9.

The Jaspers are 9-0 ATS in their last 9 Wednesday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Peacocks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.

It’s been a tough year for the reigning MAAC champions as the Jaspers have had trouble replacing Emmy Andujar and Ashton Pankey and have struggled on the defensive end. St. Peter’s has been solid in MAAC play this season and has one of the better defenses in the conference as the Peacocks rank 66th in the country in scoring defense. Manhattan has struggled on the road this season (3-9) and as the St. Peter’s defense should be able to slow down the Jaspers in this one, I’m taking St. Peter’s to cover this small spread.   

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St. Peter's Peacocks -3.5

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