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Manhattan vs. Iona - 2/22/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Iona at Manhattan
Date & Time Friday February 22, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Draddy Gymnasium
The Line
The Line: Manhattan +3.5 -- Over/Under: 133
TV Channel
Bronx, New York
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Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Iona Gaels and Manhattan Jaspers meet Friday in college basketball action at the Draddy Gymnasium.

The Iona Gaels look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Iona Gaels are averaging 76.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting and allowing 77.7 points on 44.5 percent shooting. E.J. Crawford is averaging 17.7 points and 1.9 assists while Rickey McGill is averaging 15.2 points and 4.5 rebounds. Tajuan Agee is the third double-digit scorer and Asante Gist is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The Iona Gaels are shooting 33.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.5 percent from the free throw line. The Iona Gaels are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.2 rebounds per game. The Iona Gaels have split their last six road games.

The Manhattan Jaspers look for another win after winning five of their last six games. The Manhattan Jaspers are averaging 57.1 points on 41.1 percent shooting and allowing 62.7 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Pauly Paulicap is averaging 8.5 points and 3.9 rebounds while Tyler Reynolds is averaging 8.1 points and 2.9 rebounds. Warren Williams is grabbing 3.5 rebounds and Samir Stewart is dishing 1.9 assists. The Manhattan Jaspers are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 57.6 percent from the free throw line. The Manhattan Jaspers are allowing 35.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 27.6 rebounds per game. The Manhattan Jaspers have won four of their last six home games.

The Gaels are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 road games, 8-23 ATS in their last 31 games following a ATS win and 8-19 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Jaspers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Gaels are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Manhattan and 7-0 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The under is 47-22-2 in Jaspers last 71 overall. The under is 8-1 in Gaels last 9 overall.

The Iona Gaels are riding a nice four-game winning streak, but they still have issues scoring the basketball at times and are just 3-13 ATS this season on the road. Iona is also 8-18 ATS overall this season. The Manhattan Jaspers have covered six straight games and come into this contest shooting a hot basketball where they're winning their last five games by an average of 5.6 points. There's not a ton of operation between these two teams, and when you factor in Iona's inability to cover numbers, especially on the road, you have to like the value of the Jaspers and the free bucket at home. I'll take a shot with Manhattan.

Manhattan +3.5

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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