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Iona vs Manhattan Basketball Picks 3-12-24

Manhattan Jaspers (7-22) vs. Iona Gaels (15-16)
March 12, 2024 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Iona Gaels -8; Over/Under: +141.5
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The Manhattan Jaspers and the Iona Gaels meet Tuesday in the college basketball MAAC Tournament First Round at the Boardwalk Hall. We will look at this from a betting perspective and determine the best bets for this game. Here’s a Manhattan vs. Iona Prediction.

Manhattan Team Preview

The Manhattan Jaspers come into the conference tournament as the 10-seed, finishing the year 7-22 overall, including 4-16 in MAAC conference play. Shaquil Bender leads the Jaspers in scoring with 13.8 PPG along with 3.2 RPG while Daniel Rouzan has 11.8 PPG with 4.7 RPG. Seydou Traore has 11.9 PPG with a team-high 8.1 RPG to lead the Jaspers on the glass, rounding out the trio of double-digit scorers for Manhattan so far this season. Jaden Winston has 9 PPG with a team-high 5 APG to lead the Jaspers in assists this season. As a team, Manhattan is averaging 66.5 PPG on 41.2% shooting from the field, 31.4% from three and 71.7% from the foul line this season.

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Iona Team Preview

The Iona Gaels come into the conference tournament as the 7-seed, finishing the year 15-16 overall and 10-10 in MAAC conference play. Greg Gordon leads the Gaels in scoring and rebounding with 16 PPG and 7.3 RPG while Idan Tretout has 13.9 PPG with 3 RPG and 2.3 APG. Jeremiah Quigley has 10.5 PPG with 3 RPG and 3.2 APG to round out the scoring in double figures for Iona so far this season. Wheza Panzo has 9.7 PPG while Joel Brown has a team-high 3.6 APG as well this season. As a team, Iona is averaging 72 PPG on 43.3% shooting from the field, 35.3% from three and 65.4% from the foul line this season.

Manhattan vs. Iona Prediction

I’m on Iona here. Manhattan has simply been one of the worst offensive teams in the country and I don’t see things getting any better in their most important game of the year. Iona was supposed to be rebuilding this year, but the Gaels actually looked pretty solid for much of the campaign, and I think they do enough to secure the win and cover in this one. Give me Iona.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Iona -8

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Chris Ruffolo

Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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