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Monmouth Hawks face Manhattan Jaspers: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Monmouth HawksManhattan Jaspers
3-5December 08, 2013, 02:00 | Draddy Gymnasium5-2

The Manhattan Jaspers will try to pay off for their supporters on Sunday when they play host to the Monmouth Hawks at Draddy Gymnasium in NCAA basketball action.

The Hawks will look to vanquish their hosts on Sunday, as they are 3-3 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Jaspers are 3-3-1 ATS. Monmouth is 2-4 against the total, while Manhattan is 3-1 versus the number.

View Monmouth Hawks vs Manhattan Jaspers Odds and Stats.

If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Hawks were listed as 17-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 57-ranked Jaspers and the No. 323-rated Hawks in this matchup.

Last time out for Monmouth, they were an 89-83 loser as they battled Rider at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3.5-point underdog. Deon Jones scored 24 points in a futile effort to lead the Hawks to a win (they lost 89-83 to Rider at Multipurpose Activity Center on Thursday).

Manhattan was a 70-59 winner in its last match on the road against Marist. They covered the 10-point spread as favorites. Michael Alvarado scored 18 points leading the Jaspers to a 70-59 victory over Marist at McCann Field House on Friday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Manhattan's No. 105-ranked scoring average of 76.29 PPG, against a Hawks defense rated No. 225 and allowing 77.75 PPG. The Jaspers FG% has averaged 41.56% to date this season, more than the Hawks shooters have managed so far (40.89% per game).

Next up:
Monmouth at St. Francis NY, Tuesday, December 10th
Manhattan at UNC Wilmington, Sunday, December 15th