MAAC foes will battle when the Manhattan Jaspers (11-14, 7-9 MAAC) challenge the Marist Red Foxes (7-18, 6-10 MAAC) at Draddy Gymnasium. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
Marist Red Foxes vs. Manhattan Jaspers ATS Preview
The Red Foxes easily got past the Niagara Purple Eagles in their last outing, 76-54. Matt Herasme led Marist in scoring with 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting. The Red Foxes held the Purple Eagles to an offensive rebounding percentage of 9.1 (below their season average of 18.1) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.642 (above their season average of 0.450).
The last time the Jaspers played, they were blown out by the Canisius Golden Griffins, 57-56. With 11 points and five rebounds, Pauly Paulicap played well for Manhattan. Canisius did an excellent job of making free throws (16-20; 80.0 percent). Manhattan, on the other hand, held the Golden Griffins to an effective field goal percentage of 0.418 (below their season average of 0.492).
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when two of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. Manhattan ranks 280th in possessions per game (67.1) and Marist is 278th (67.2). Ball protection could be troublesome for the Red Foxes. They rank 294th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 20.8 percent), while the Jaspers force the 35th-most turnovers in the NCAA (opponents’ turnover percentage of 22.6 percent).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Red Foxes won 75-73. The Red Foxes played a nearly flawless game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.600 and a turnover percentage of 18.6. For those same stats, the Jaspers were 0.327 and 24.9, respectively. Tyler Reynolds had a stellar game with 23 points.
Marist Red Foxes vs. Manhattan Jaspers Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Manhattan, ATS Winner – Marist, O/U – Under
The Jaspers average 7.0 steals per game, which ranks 90th in the country. The Red Foxes rank 123rd in steals allowed per game (6.4).
Marist averages 34.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 190th in the country. Manhattan ranks 209th in rebounds allowed per game (36.7).
Manhattan ranks 21st in three pointers allowed per game (17.4) while Marist ranks 191st (22.7).
The Jaspers rank 126th in assists per game (13.3) while the Red Foxes rank 256th (10.5).
Marist ranks 12th in blocks allowed per game (2.2) while Manhattan ranks 102nd (3.2).
The Jaspers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 7.6, up from 1.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Red Foxes have scored an average of 66.4 points per game (5.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 63.0 points per game (2.6 below their season average).