The Manhattan Jaspers and the Marist Red Foxes meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from the McCann Arena on Monday night.
The Manhattan Jaspers will try to snap a four-game losing skid after a 76-67 loss to Central Connecticut State last time out. Samir Stewart has 16.3 PPG with 4.2 APG while Ant Nelson has 14.1 PPG and 3.9 APG this season. Josh Roberts has 12.4 PPG and a team-high 8.9 RPG to lead the Jaspers in rebounding while Elijah Buchanan has 11.4 PPG to cap off the scoring in double figures for Manhattan so far this season. As a team, Manhattan is averaging 70.3 PPG on 43.7% shooting from the field, 32.1% from three and 64.8% from the foul line this season.
The Marist Red Foxes will be out to bounce back from a 72-70 loss to Boston University last time out. Patrick Gardner leads Marist in scoring and rebounding with 17.6 PPG and 7.9 RPG as the lone double-digit scorer for Marist so far this season while Isaiah Brickner has a team-high 2.6 APG to lead the Red Foxes in the assist department this season. As a team, Marist is averaging 62.2 PPG on 38.6% shooting from the field, 32% from three and 68% from the foul line this season.
Manhattan is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Monday games while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games following a loss. Marist is 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
I get the case to be made for Marist laying points at home as they’ve had a history of success against Manhattan, covering in 7 of the last 9 meetings between these two teams. However, this just feels like a close game and the Jaspers have gone 5-0 ATS as an underdog of 7 points or less this season. Give me Manhattan and the points here.