Monmouth at Manhattan
|Date & Time||Friday March 1, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
Manhattan Jaspers -1.5 -- Over/Under: 116
The Monmouth Hawks will travel to Draddy Gymnasium to take on the Manhattan Jaspers this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Monmouth Hawks lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 10-20 (9-8 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 68-56, this past Sunday. Monmouth struggled offensively against the Quinnipiac defense and allowed the Bobcats to pull away in the 2nd half after an 8-0 Bobcats run gave Quinnipiac a 58-45 lead with 3:35 left in regulation. Monmouth shot just 35.1% from the field and 21.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hawks was Marcus McClary who had 12 points, 5 rebounds, and a steal.
On the season, Monmouth is averaging 63.9 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Hawks are averaging 4.8 three-pointers per game on 29.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Monmouth has been led by Deion Hammond (11.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg), Ray Salnave (11.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.2 spg), Diago Quinn (8.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg), and Nick Rutherford (5.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.8 spg).
Defensively, Monmouth is allowing their opponents to average 71.1 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Hawks have a rebound margin of -0.6 and a turnover margin of 0.6.
The Manhattan Jaspers lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 9-19 (7-9 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Fairfield Stags, 72-59, this past Sunday. Manhattan struggled on both ends of the court in the 1st half and trailed by double-digits for the majority of the game after Fairfield took a 26-13 lead with 7:25 left in regulation. Manhattan allowed Fairfield to shoot 50.0% from the field and 48.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Jaspers was Ebube Ebube who had 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals in 20 minutes from off the bench.
On the season, Manhattan is averaging 57.0 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Jaspers are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Manhattan has been led by Pauly Paulicap (8.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.1 bpg), Warren Williams (8.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg), Tyler Reynolds (7.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg), and Samir Stewart (6.5 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Manhattan is holding their opponents to an average of 63.2 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Jaspers have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of -1.0.
The Hawks are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Jaspers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
Monmouth has lost 6 of their last 10 games and currently rank 336th in scoring offense, 174th in scoring defense, and 87th in defensive FG%.
Manhattan has split their last 10 games and although their slow-paced style has their defense ranked 16th in scoring offense, the Jaspers have really struggled offensively as they come into this match-up ranked just 350th in scoring offense and 325th in FG%.
This is probably not going to be the most exciting games to watch on Friday as both of these teams like to operate at a slow pace and have trouble scoring the basketball. Monmouth has struggled this season, however, that made easy work of the Jaspers in early January in a 65-49 victory and as Manhattan comes into this game with just a 4-8 record at home this season, I think the Hawks can do enough with the points to cover in this one. Good Luck!