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Saint Mary's vs. Manhattan - 11/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Manhattan Jaspers (0-0) vs. Saint Mary's Gaels (1-0)

NCAA Basketball: Monday, November 16, 2015 at 10:00 pm (McKeon Pavilion)

The Line: Saint Mary's -9 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: The W.TV

The Manhattan Jaspers will travel to the McKeon Pavilion to take on the Saint Mary’s Gaels this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Manhattan Jaspers finished the 2014-15 season with a 19-14 (13-7) record but was able to upset the top seeded Iona Gaels for the 2nd straight season in the MACC championship to advance to the NCAA Tournament.  Offensively, Manhattan averaged 69.7 ppg (ranked 109th) on 43.2% shooting (ranked 187th). The Jaspers averaged 13.9 apg (ranked 78th) and 6.5 three-pointers per game (ranked 153rd). Defensively, Manhattan allowed their opponents to average 67.7 ppg (ranked 205th) on 43.7% shooting (ranked 213th). The Jaspers averaged 8.0 spg (ranked 20th) and had a turnover margin of 1.9 (ranked 48th). Manhattan will have a difficult time reaching the NCAA Tournament for a 3rd straight year as the Jaspers as they lost their top scorers from last season in Emmy Andujar (16.3 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 3.5 apg, 2.0 spg) and Ashton Pankey (13.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.4 bpg). Returning for the Jaspers is Shane Richards who averaged 13.2 ppg and 3.6 rpg. Manhattan will hope that Samson Usilo, who missed last season due to injury, will be able to help provide some of the production that was loss with the departures of Andujar and Pankey.

Saint Mary's vs. Manhattan - 11/16/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Saint Mary’s Gaels improved to 1-0 (0-0 WCC) on the season after they had little trouble in their 80-56 victory over the San Francisco State Gators this past Friday. Saint Mary’s was able to take a commanding 43-22 lead by halftime and held San Francisco State to just 38.2% shooting from the field and 38.9% from beyond the arc. Saint Mary’s was able to shoot 49.2% from the field and 33.3% (13-39) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for Saint Mary’s was Emmett Naar who had 27 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists. Also pitching in for the Gaels was Dane Pineau (8 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks) and Joe Rahon (8 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists). Saint Mary’s has some talent but it will be hard for them to have the success that they are used two as they have no returning starters from last year’s team that went 21-10 (13-5 WCC). The Gaels will have trouble replacing big man Brad Waldow who averaged 19.0 ppg and 9.1 rpg.  

The Jaspers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Gaels are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Monday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Both of these teams lost the bulk of their talent from last year’s squads and will both have trouble repeating the success they’ve achieved over the past few years. Saint Mary’s has more weapons than Manhattan but Manhattan is a well-coach team that generally are strong on the defense end. Until Saint Mary’s can prove that they can survive without Brad Waldow I don’t think I can lay this many points against a good Manhattan program. Take Manhattan and the points. . 

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