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Jaspers open as college hoops underdog vs Golden Griffins

Manhattan JaspersCanisius Golden Griffins
15-6February 07, 2014, 07:00 | Koessler Center16-7

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Manhattan when they take on the Canisius Golden Griffins on Friday in college hoops betting action.

The Golden Griffins are 16-7 so far on the season, and 13-7 ATS vs. the number. The Jaspers, meanwhile, are 15-6 and 9-10-2 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Canisius go 13-6 and the Jaspers go 11-7 on the totals.

View Manhattan Jaspers vs Canisius Golden Griffins Odds and Stats.

Canisius opened as -3-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. 38 (Golden Griffins) and the No. 34 (Jaspers) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Last time out for Manhattan, they were a 64-49 winner as they battled Saint Peter's at home. They covered in the match as a 12.5-point favorite. The Jaspers got 13 points from Shane Richards as Manhattan ran past Saint Peter's 64-49 on Tuesday at Draddy Gymnasium.

In their last action, Canisius was an 84-58 winner on the road against Fairfield. They covered the 6-point spread as favorites. Canisius cruised to victory on Saturday, running Fairfield out of the gym and running up an 84-58 score at Webster Bank Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Canisius's No. 39 nationally ranked offense (77.3 points per game) against a Jaspers defense that sits as the No. 160 at 70.81 PPG. The Golden Griffins have been averaging 45.95% from the field, more than the Jaspers have managed so far this season (42.91% on average).

Next up:
Manhattan at Niagara, Sunday, February 9th
Canisius at Iona, Sunday, February 9th