Check out our free Central Connecticut State vs Manhattan pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Riverdale. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Central Connecticut State vs Manhattan Pick & Preview: Friday, December 16th Betting Odds
Blue Devils vs Jaspers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Central Connecticut State Blue Devils at Manhattan Jaspers
- Where: Riverdale at Draddy Gymnasium
- Date: Friday, December 16th
- Betting Odds: Central Connecticut State +4, CENCON +155 | MANH -190 O/U 134.5
Blue Devils Preview:
The Central Connecticut State Blue Devils head into today’s game in what will be their 12th game of the season, posting a record of 1-10. So far, the Blue Devils have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 0-6. Central Connecticut State has been the underdog across each of their previous 11 games. This is is no different than today’s matchup, as they are +4 point underdogs on the spread.
Central Connecticut State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Kellen Amos who is averaging 13.09 points per game for the Blue Devils. Amos is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Blue Devils’ offensive gameplan is the play of Nigel Scantlebury who has hit 36.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.73 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Central Connecticut State this season, as they are currently ranked 439th in college basketball at 61.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Blue Devils’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.2%, placing them 234th in the NCAA.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Central Connecticut State, the Manhattan Jaspers will be taking the floor for the 10th time this season and have an overall record of 3-6. So far this season, Manhattan has played 4 games at home, sitting with a record of 2-2. The Jaspers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4 points in their favor. For the season, Manhattan has been favored to win in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 0-2.
Manhattan’s leading scorer this season is Anthony Nelson who is averaging 13.33 points per contest. So far, Nelson has accounted for 18.87% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.11 rebounds per game and 3.89 assists. Josh Roberts is the second leading scorer for the Jaspers, averaging 13.57 points per game. Between him and Roberts, they are accounting for 33.8% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Manhattan this season, as they are currently ranked 210th in college basketball at 70.9 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Jaspers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.7%, placing them 438th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Manhattan Jaspers -4
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Manhattan Jaspers to pick up the win and cover the spread as -4 point betting favorites. Although Manhattan as a team is just 225th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Blue Devils’ defense. In addition, the Jaspers have made bettors money who have taken them to cover at home, as they are 6-4 (last 10). At -4 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Jaspers to come out on top and cover.