The Iona Gaels and Manhattan Jaspers meet Friday in college basketball action at the Draddy Gymnasium. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Iona Gaels Preview
The Iona Gaels are averaging 76 points on 45.9 percent shooting and allowing 66.9 points on 41.7 percent shooting. Daniss Jenkins is averaging 16.4 points and 4.6 rebounds, while Nelly Junior Joseph is averaging 15.6 points and 8.6 rebounds. Walter Clayton Jr. is the third double-digit scorer and Quinn Slazinski is grabbing 5.7 rebounds. The Iona Gaels are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The Iona Gaels are allowing 30.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game.
The Manhattan Jaspers Preview
The Manhattan Jaspers are averaging 68 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 71.2 points on 44.2 percent shooting. Ant Nelson is averaging 15.5 points and 3.6 rebounds, while Samir Stewart is averaging 14.9 points and 1 rebound. Josh Roberts is the third double-digit scorer and Elijah Buchanan is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Manhattan Jaspers are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 66.8 percent from the free throw line. The Manhattan Jaspers are allowing 35.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.7 rebounds per game.
The Gaels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. The Jaspers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Friday games. The over is 8-3 in Gaels last 11 road games. The under is 4-1 in Jaspers last 5 overall. The favorite is 11-3 ATS in the last 14 meetings.
Randy’s Free Pick
The Manhattan Jaspers have been a below average team this season, and they're getting worse over the last week. The Iona Gaels have been one of the more consistent teas in the conference, and they win in the favorite role by an average of 9.3 points. Big number for a road team, but Manhattan isn't good. It's Iona or pass for me.