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Manhattan Jaspers at Iona Gaels Point Spread Prediction

Time: 9:00 PM EST Friday January 31, 2014, ESPNU

Location: Hynes Athletics Center, New Rochelle, New York

The Iona Gaels host the Manhattan Jaspers in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference match up.

In their last games: Iona beat St. Peters 71-63 and Manhattan lost to Quinnipiac 90-86.

In their win over St. Peter’s Iona shot the ball well with a FG% of 47.2% and they held St. Peter’s to a FG% of 40.3%.

In their loss to Quinnipiac Manhattan shot a better FG% and had fewer turnovers, but they were beaten badly on the glass and gave up 18 offensive rebounds.

These 2 teams faced each other 3 times last season with the home court coming up on top in each contest.

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Here are some additional handicapping angles to ponder:

Manhattan is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Iona.

The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 games between these 2 teams.

Manhattan will be facing an Iona offense that ranks 15th in the nation in scoring.

Iona has won 3 straight and 5 of their last 6 games.

Iona has gone OVER the posted total 21 of their last 26 home games and also has a Over record of 12-1 in last 13 games on Friday night.

The road team is 7-1-1 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams.

Betting Odds

Point Spread: Iona -2.5
Total Line: 162.5
Money Line: Jaspers +115 / Gaels -135

Straight up and Against the Point Spread Records
Manhattan Jaspers: 14-5 SU 8-9-2 ATS
Iona Gaels: 11-8 SU 8-10 ATS

Key Betting Trends
• MAN is 38-16-3 ATS in their last 57 road games.
• MAN is 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• MAN has an Over record of 8-3 in their last 11 games.
• IONA is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
• IONA is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record.
• IONA has an Over record of 5-1 in their last 6 games.

Sagarin Power Rankings
Manhattan Jaspers: 78.80
Iona Gaels: 76.51

Key Player Injuries

JASPERS
No injuries to report at this time.

GAELS
No injuries to report at this time.

Point Spread Pick:

You could argue that the Gaels have played the stronger schedule and they certainly are the hotter team with a 2-point loss the only blemish on their record over the last 6. We’ll side with the better shooting team who is playing on their home court. Take the Iona Gaels -2.

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