College Basketball Picks: Manhattan Jaspers vs. Iona Gaels

Manhattan Jaspers vs. Iona Gaels
Friday, 1/31/14, 9:00 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Iona -2.5
Current Betting Line:  Iona -2.5
Opening Total:  N/A
Current Total:  N/A
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The underdog is 7-1-1 ATS in the last nine meetings between the Iona Gaels and Manhattan Jaspers

Manhattan has alternated wins and losses over its last four games, as it looks to bounce back from a 90-86 overtime defeat to Quinnipiac as 11.5-point home favorites Sunday, while going OVER the betting total of 149.5.  The Jaspers are 37-45 SU all-time against the Gaels, but did manage to win two of three meetings a season ago, which is important to consider when making your college basketball betting picks.  With its win over Rider on Jan. 24th, the program has already matched last year’s win total.  Manhattan is 25-11 ATS as underdogs the last two-plus seasons.

The Jaspers have two probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior guard George Beamon leading the way at 19.6 points a contest.  Manhattan ranks second in the nation with eight road victories, which can’t be ignored when looking over the college basketball odds page.  The program’s senior class of Michael Alvarado, Beamon and Rhamel Brown is the first trip to score more than 1,000 career points in school history.

Iona has won and covered the point spread in three consecutive games, including a 71-63 victory over Saint Peter’s as six-point road favorites Sunday, while going UNDER the betting total for the first time in six contests.  The Gaels are 22-12 against the Jaspers at the Hynes Center, but just 3-4 since the 2005-06 campaign.  Offensively, the squad has three probable starters averaging in double figures, with senior guard Sean Armand leading the way at 18.3 points a contest.  Iona is 10-2 SU and 8-4 ATS as favorites the last two-plus seasons.

The Gaels have compiled a dominating 30-4 SU record versus MAAC opponents at this venue under head coach Tim Cluess.  Iona ranks third nationally in knocking down 10.58 three-point shots per game, while it sits behind just five teams in shooting 41.4 percent from beyond the arc.  Armand is the most important player to watch in this game, as he ranks 13th on the school’s all-time scoring list.

Sports bettors will likely back the Jaspers due to the road team being 7-1-1 ATS in the last nine meetings in this series.

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