Monmouth Hawks vs. Manhattan Jaspers Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/19/14
Manhattan Jaspers (19-6) at Monmouth Hawks (10-17)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Multipurpose Activity Center)
The Line: Monmouth Hawks +7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Manhattan looks for six in a row when they square off against skidding Monmouth at the Yanitelli Center Wednesday.
The Breakdown: The Jaspers improved to 12-4 for second place in the MAAC after a decisive 90-72 victory over Niagra Sunday. Manhattan shot an accurate 58.6 percent from the floor and 42.9 percent from outside the arc to the Purple Eagles’ 39.6 percent from the field and 30.0 percent from distance. The Jaspers also finished with a 35-29 advantage on the boards and converted 16 of 26 from the free throw line. Senior G George Beamon had a game-high 27 points and 8 rebounds, freshman G Rich Williams scored 14 points off the bench, and sophomore F Ashton Pankey added 12 points and 5 boards. Through 25 games, Manhattan is averaging 78.4 ppg on 44.4 percent shooting. Beamon leads the team with 19.5 ppg, followed by senior G Michael Alvarado at 13.1 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Monmouth sits in 9th place in the conference, falling to 4-12 behind a 96-92 double overtime loss to Marist Sunday, its seventh consecutive. The Hawks outshot Marist from the floor 50.7 percent to 45.5 percent, but were topped from outside the arc 44.1 percent to 35.0 percent. Monmouth also conceded a narrow 39-36 advantage on the boards and committed 12 turnovers. Freshman G Deon Jones scored a team-high 27 points and grabbed 7 rebounds off the bench, freshman C Zac Tillman had 17 points and 7 boards, and junior G Andrew Nicholas added 16 points. On the season, the Hawks are averaging 70.6 ppg on 42.0 percent shooting. Jones leads the team with 15.4 ppg, followed by Nicholas at 14.1 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -7.5 for Manhattan. The Jaspers scored a 75-66 victory when these two hooked up back in December, with the Hawks struggling to 34.6 percent from the floor, their second lowest shooting total of the season. On the flipside, Manhattan is just two games behind first place Iona and just laying in wait for any sort of stumble. Look for the Jaspers to cover.