Looking to win big? The Jaspers and Purple Eagles face off at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The Purple Eagles are hosting the game at Gallagher Center in Niagara Falls, NY. The over/under for this game is set at 147.5 points, and Niagara is favored by -9.5 vs. Manhattan in a Metro Atlantic Athletic conference matchup.


The Pick: Manhattan Jaspers +9.5

This game will be played at Gallagher Center at 2:00 ET on Sunday, January 28th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Purple Eagles.
  • Even though we have Niagara winning straight-up, we like Manhattan at +9.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 147.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Are the Jaspers Ready for a Road Win?

Manhattan heads into today’s matchup against Niagara as a 9.5-point underdog. The Jaspers are 4-13 overall, including a 1-7 record in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference play.

Manhattan has lost 10 straight games, including a 82-70 loss to Canisius in their most recent outing. The Jaspers are 2-8 on the road this season, and they have lost their last seven games away from home.

Manhattan has struggled against the spread this season, going just 6-10. On the road, their ATS mark is 4-6. As the underdog, the Jaspers are 6-8 vs. the spread this year. Over their last three road games, Manhattan is 0-3 vs. the spread and they are just 1-4 ATS in their last five road contests.

Manhattan’s over/under record this season is 9-7 and today’s line of 147.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (139.5). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 152 points and their over/under record in that span is 3-0. So far, nine of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.

The Jaspers’ offense wrapped up their last game with 70 points, aligning closely with their current season average of 65.6 points per contest. Shaquil Bender is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 13.4 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Seydou Traore brings a PPG average of 11.7 into the game.

Looking at the Manhattan defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 77.0 points per game (271st). So far, the Manhattan defense is giving up an average of 9.8 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 13 times per game (659th).

Can Niagara Grab a Win at Home?

After winning three straight games, Niagara is 10-9 overall and 6-3 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Purple Eagles are 4-4 this season when they are favored, and they have a 3-5 record at home.

Over their last 10 home games, the Purple Eagles are 4-6, and they are 4-1 in their last five games at home. So far this season, they have gone 6-4 on the road, and their average scoring margin away from home is +0.2.

As the favorite, Niagara has gone 4-4 vs. the spread this season. At home, the Purple Eagles have an ATS mark of just 3-5 this year and they are 3-6 in their last 10 home games vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for Niagara games is 13-4-1, and today’s line of 147.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (137.6). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 144 points, and the over/under record in their last 10 games is 7-2-1.

Compared to their season average of 75.9 points per game, Niagara struggled in their previous game. Against Marist, the Purple Eagles scored 67 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.9%. Leading Niagara in scoring vs. Marist was Harlan Obioha with his 16 points. Braxton Bayless also added 12 points for the Purple Eagles.

At present, the Purple Eagles’ defense is nationally ranked 225th, allowing 74.4 points per game. Against Marist in their most recent game, the Niagara defense gave up a total of 62 points while allowing Marist to hit 47% of their shots.