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Manhattan Jaspers vs. Quinnipiac Bobcats - 3/9/14 MAAC Tournament Semifinal

Quinnipiac Bobcats (20-10) at Manhattan Jaspers (23-7)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 7:00 pm (MassMutual Center)

The Line: Manhattan Jaspers -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Manhattan Jaspers and Quinnipiac Bobcats will meet Sunday night in a matchup that will decide who plays in the MAAC final. These teams played twice this season, and the Bobcats won both meetings.

The Jaspers made it this far by beating St. Peter’s on Saturday, 72-58. They shot 43.5 percent from the field, grabbed 33 rebounds, forced 19 turnovers defensively and received 18 points from Rhamel Brown. The Jaspers average 77.3 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allow 70.1 points on 40.8 percent shooting. Their main weakness effects them in close games, as they shoot just 66 percent from the free throw line. The Jaspers are 13-14-2 ATS overall.

Manhattan Jaspers vs. Quinnipiac Bobcats - 3/9/14 MAAC Tournament Semifinal

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The Bobcats won their first tournament game on Saturday, which was an 89-80 win over Niagara. In the win, they shot 58.2 percent from the field, snagged 42 rebounds and had all five starters score in the double figures. That’s typical Bobcat basketball, as they average 79.5 points on 42.5 percent shooting on the season. Defensively, they allow teams to score 76.4 points on 43 percent shooting. Their weakness is obviously their defense, but they are first in the country with an average of 45.9 rebounds per game. The Bobcats are 13-10 ATS overall.

Will the Bobcats stay that hot offensively? If so, they should have no problem keeping this one close. However, the previous two meetings this season were decided by five and four points, with the last game needing overtime to be decided. Add the emotions of a tournament game and you can expect pretty much the same result, possibly even a Qunnipiac SU win.

The problem is the Bobcats don’t play any defense. While they exploded offensively yesterday, they still allowed a poor shooting team such as the Purple Eagles to drop 80 points.

While defense wins tournament games, I’ll take the points. 

The Bobcats have enough offensively to at least make things interesting. 

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