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Manhattan vs. Fairfield - 1/31/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Fairfield at Manhattan
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Draddy Gymnasium
Bronx, New York
The Line
The Line: Manhattan +2 -- Over/Under: 126
TV Channel
https://gojaspers.com/watch/
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The Fairfield Stags and Manhattan Jaspers meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Draddy Gymnasium.

The Fairfield Stags could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Fairfield Stags are averaging 71 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 74.2 points on 46.8 percent shooting. Landon Taliaferro is averaging 12.3 points and one assist while Neftali Alvarez is averaging 12 points and 3.3 assists. Jonathan Kasibabu is the third double-digit scorer and Jesus Cruz is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The Fairfield Stags are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 69.7 percent from the free throw line. The Fairfield Stags are allowing 36.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.5 rebounds per game. The Fairfield Stags have lost seven of their last eight road games.

The Manhattan Jaspers could also use a win after losing five of their last six games. The Manhattan Jaspers are averaging 55.1 points on 39 percent shooting and allowing 64.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Pauly Paulicap is averaging 8.5 points and 3.9 rebounds while Warren Williams is averaging 8.1 points and 3.7 rebounds. Thomas Capuano is grabbing 2.6 rebounds and Nehemiah Mack is dishing 2.7 assists. The Manhattan Jaspers are shooting 32.3 percent from beyond the arc and 55.1 percent from the free throw line. The Manhattan Jaspers are allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 27.8 rebounds per game. The Manhattan Jaspers have lost five of their last six home games.

The Stags are 8-17-1 ATS in their last 26 road games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Jaspers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games, 16-6 ATS in their last 22 Thursday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Stags are 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings in Manhattan and the home team is 13-4 ATS in the last 17 meetings. The under is 44-19-2 in Jaspers last 65 overall. The under is 4-0 in Stags last 4 overall.

Neither of these teams are playing well to say the least, so this is a spot where I would usually take the free bucket with the home team and call it a day. The problem is the Manhattan Jaspers are shooting just 36.8 percent from the field in their last five games and playing at home hasn't helped a whole lot. The Fairfield Stags are struggling, but their offense hasn't been that bad, and five of their eight covers this season have come on the road. Manhattan is in much worse shape in terms of current form, so even the free bucket isn't all that appealing. There's better options on Thursday's card, but if I had to pick this game, I'd side with the Stags. 

Pick:
Fairfield -2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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