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Iona Gaels vs Manhattan Jaspers Preview

Manhattan JaspersIona Gaels
14-5January 31, 2014, 09:00 | Hynes Athletics Center11-8

The Iona Gaels will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Manhattan Jaspers at Hynes Athletics Center on Friday in NCAA hoops play.

Supporters of the Jaspers have watched them go 14-5 and 8-9-2 ATS on the year, while the Gaels are at 11-8 and 8-10 ATS. In totals betting, the Gaels are 10-5, while the Jaspers have a 11-5 mark.

View Manhattan Jaspers vs Iona Gaels Odds and Stats.

Iona opened as -3.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

This game matches up the No. 50 (Gaels) and the No. 26 (Jaspers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Last time out for Manhattan, they were a 90-86 loser as they battled Quinnipiac at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 11.5-point favorite. The Jaspers got 15 points from Rhamel Brown, but it was Quinnipiac that prevailed in a 90-86 final on Sunday at Draddy Gymnasium.

Last time out for Iona, they were a 71-63 winner as they battled Saint Peter's on the road. They covered in the match as a 6-point favorite. A.J. English scored 18 points leading the Gaels to a 71-63 victory over Saint Peter's at Yanitelli Center on Sunday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Iona has the nation's No. 10-rated offensive output, at 83.11 PPG. The visiting Jaspers defense ranks No. 168 allowing on average 71.21 PPG. The Gaels FG% has averaged 48.05% so far, more than the Jaspers marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.96% per game.

Next up:
Manhattan home to Saint Peter's, Monday, February 3rd
Iona at Monmouth, Monday, February 3rd