Iona vs. Manhattan - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Manhattan Jaspers (14-16) at Iona Gaels (17-13)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 9:30 pm (Times Union Center)
The Line: Iona Gaels -5 -- Over/Under: 146.5 See the Latest Odds
We have some MAAC tournament quarterfinals action on Saturday as the #4 seed Iona Gaels battle the #5 seed Manhattan Jaspers in a college basketball matchup.
The Iona Gaels received the #4 seed in the MAAC tournament by virtue of an 11-7 conference record as part of their 17-12 overall record this season. The Gaels got off to a slow 1-4 start to the year, but bounced back with 4 straight wins to get back to .500. The Gaels also started conference play 6-1 with a 5 game winning streak but struggled with consistency down the stretch, finishing a game below .500 to close out their last 11 games of the season. Rickey McGill leads the Gaels with an average of 14.5 points and 5.6 assists per game while TK Edogi leads Iona in rebounding with 7.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Iona is scoring 80.5 points per game on 46.5% shooting from the field, 39.1% from behind the arc and 73.2% from the foul line this season.
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The Manhattan Jaspers finished .500 in MAAC play to earn the #5 seed after edging out Fairfield in a tiebreak. The Jaspers finished conference play with a 9-9 record as part of their 14-16 overall mark this season. The Jaspers started the year with a win over Harvard and an OT win over St. Francis, but dropped 4 straight as the Jaspers struggled with consistency for the entire season, never having their overall mark going 2 games above or 3 games below .500 the entire year. Rich Williams leads Manhattan with an average of 14.1 points per game while Pauly Paulicap leads the Jaspers in rebounding with 6.7 rebounds per game and Zavier Turner leads Manhattan in assists with 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Manhattan is scoring 69.6 points per game on 44.6% shooting from the field, 40.4% from behind the arc and 69.5% from the foul line this season.
Iona is 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games following a loss and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games while the over is 9-1-1 in their last 11 games overall Manhattan is 18-8 ATS in their last 26 neutral site games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games overall. Manhattan is 0-6 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
Playing on a neutral floor benefits Manhattan, but the problem here is that the Jaspers also have had zero success ATS when taking on the Gaels. The Gaels just lost a shootout with Rider and Manhattan doesn’t have the kind of offense that you need to hang around with Iona, so I’ll lay the points with the Gaels in this one.