Manhattan vs. Marist - 2/26/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Marist Red Foxes (7-18) at Manhattan Jaspers (11-14)
College Basketball: Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Draddy Gymnasium)
The Line: Manhattan Jaspers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 118
The Marist Red Foxes and the Manhattan Jaspers meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from the Draddy Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
The Marist Red Foxes will try to join the group in the bottom half of the MAAC standings, sitting at 6-10 in conference play after a 76-54 win over Niagara in their last outing. Michael Cubbage leads Marist with an average of 9.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG and 3.2 APG while Matthew Herasme has 9.3 PPG and 5.2 RPG and Tyler Sagl has 9.2 PPG. As a team, Marist is averaging 61.4 points on 38.8% shooting from the field, 34.5% from 3-point range and 65% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 65.6 points on 41% shooting from the field and 33.3% from 3-point range this season. Marist is 3-10 straight up and 8-5 against the spread on the road this season.
The Manhattan Jaspers will try to escape the logjam in the middle of the MAAC, sitting at 8-8 in conference play after a 4th straight loss in the form of a 57-56 loss to Canisius last time out. Tykei Greene leads Manhattan in scoring with 10.1 PPG while Pauly Paulicap has 9.8 PPG and a team-high 6.2 RPG this season. Samir Stewart also leads the Jaspers in assists with 3 APG this season. As a team, Manhattan is averaging 63.2 points on 39.9% shooting from the field, 31.1% from 3-point range and 62% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 64.5 points on 40.7% shooting from the field and 34.9% from 3-point range this season. Manhattan is 6-5 straight up and 5-6 against the spread at home this season.
Manhattan being favored at home makes sense, but the problem for me with the Jaspers is that they aren’t playing well enough for me to warrant laying this number with them, even against Marist. Marist already won the first meeting this season, and has been better on the road this season and in their last 10 games than Manhattan as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if this game comes down to the final possession, so I’ll take my chances with Marist and the points in this one.