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Monmouth vs. Manhattan - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Manhattan at Monmouth
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
OceanFirst Bank Center
West Long Branch, NJ
The Line
Monmouth Hawks -6.5 -- Over/Under: 123.5
TV Channel
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Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Manhattan Jaspers will travel to the OceanFirst Bank Center to take on the Monmouth Hawks this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Manhattan Jaspers dropped to 3-12 (1-2 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Marist Red Foxes, 78-63, this past Tuesday. Manhattan had no answers on either end of the court for the Red Foxes in the 1st half and couldn’t fight back after Marist took a 43-26 halftime lead. Manhattan shot just 39.6% from the field while allowing Marist to shoot 56.1% from the field & 53.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Jaspers was Nehemiah Mack who had 17 points & 3 rebounds.

On the season, Manhattan is averaging 57.5 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field. The Jaspers are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Manhattan has been led by Pauly Paulicap (8.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Warren Williams (7.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg), Nehemiah Mack (7.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg), and Thomas Capuano (6.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Manhattan is holding their opponents to an average of 66.3 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Jaspers have a rebound margin of -1.5 and a turnover margin of -0.7.

The Monmouth Hawks dropped to 2-14 (1-2 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 89-83 in 2OT, this past Thursday night. Monmouth fought back from a 34-26 halftime lead to force OT, however, couldn’t fight back after Cameron Young hit 7 out of 8 FT’s down the stretch of the 2nd OT for the Bobcats. Monmouth shot 44.2% from the field & 16.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hawks was Deion Hammond who had 27 points, 2 rebounds, and a block.

On the season, Monmouth is averaging 63.1 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field. The Hawks are averaging 4.8 three-pointers per game on 27.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Monmouth has been led by Ray Salnave (12.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.4 spg), Deion Hammond (11.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.1 apg), Diago Quinn (7.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg), and Mustapha Traore (6.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg).

Defensively, Monmouth is allowing their opponents to average 76.3 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Hawks have a rebound margin of -2.4 and a turnover margin of -0.1.

The Jaspers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Hawks are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. MAAC opponents.

Manhattan has done a decent job holding opponents off the scoreboard as they come into this match-up ranked 61st in scoring defense, however, Manhattan doesn’t have one player that is currently averaging more than 10.0 ppg and rank 350th in scoring offense. Monmouth have won 2 of their last 4 games after starting off the season with 12 consecutive losses and come into this game ranked 338th in scoring offense & 274th in scoring defense.

Both of these teams aren’t going to have great seasons, however, in Monmouth’s defense, they did play a brutal non-conference schedule with games against Kentucky, West Virginia, Bucknell, and Hofstra. Manhattan has really struggled against some less than average competition this season and as the Pride pulled off an impressive upset agianst a solid Pennsylvania Quakers team recently, I think Monmouth will do enough at home to cover this mid-range spread.

Monmouth Hawks -6.5

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