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Iona vs Manhattan Pick & Preview: Friday, January 20th Betting Odds

Gaels vs Jaspers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Iona Gaels at Manhattan Jaspers
  • Where: Riverdale at Draddy Gymnasium
  • Date: Friday, January 20th
  • Betting Odds: Iona -13, IONA -1000 | MANH +635 O/U 141.0

Gaels Preview:

Iona will take the floor against the Jaspers with an overall record of 12-6. On the road, the Gaels will be playing their 10th game of the season, having gone 5-5. So far, the Gaels have been favored 16 times, going 11-5 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Iona as -13 point favorites.

Iona’s leading scorer this season is Daniss Jenkins, who is averaging 16.39 points per contest. So far, Jenkins has accounted for 21.1% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.61 rebounds per game and 4.72 assists. Nelly Junior Joseph is the second leading scorer for the Gaels, averaging 16.29 points per game. Between him and Joseph, they are accounting for 40.9% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Iona is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 75.2 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 18 games, they have only hit 33.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 31.84% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Jaspers Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Iona, the Manhattan Jaspers will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 6-10. So far this season, Manhattan has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-5. For the season, Manhattan has been the underdog in 12 games, sitting with a mark of 5-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Jaspers being +13 point underdogs.

Manhattan’s leading scorer this season is Anthony Nelson, who is averaging 15.5 points per contest. So far, Nelson has accounted for 22.84% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.56 rebounds per game and 3.94 assists. Josh Roberts is the second leading scorer for the Jaspers, averaging 12.08 points per game. Between him and Roberts, they are accounting for 37.3% 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 they 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: Iona Gaels -13

After anlayzing this matchup, we like the fact that Iona comes into this game looking to get out and run, as they are one of the faster paced teams in college basketball. This should present a significant mismatch against a Manhattan Jaspers unit that is much more comfortable slowing the game down. Even with a large spread sitting at -13, look for an increased number of possessions to help the Gaels’ cause as they cruise to an easy win. Our recommendation is to jump on Iona to not only come out on top but cover the spread over Manhattan.


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