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Manhattan vs. Iona, 01/06/2013 17:00
Point Spread: +13½/-110 Manhattan
Manhattan has split their first two games in MAAC action by playing solid defense. They held Stony Brook to 50 points which was 19 points below their season average and St. Peter's to just 53 which was nearly 10 below theirs.
Both of these teams are dealing with injuries to key players. Iona's Sean Armand and Tavon Sledge were both banged up in Friday's win over Siena, but Armand is expected to play while Sledge is questionable.
Manhattan has been without George Beamon for some time and Michael Alvarado didn't play against St. Peter's, but the Jaspers have a win under their belts without either of those two. If Alvarado does go it's a bonus, but with this line I'm expecting him to be out.
These two teams have played a pair of common opponents so far. Manhattan beat Siena by 20 points and St. Peter's by two on the road. Iona managed a two point win at Siena and a two point loss at St. Peter's. That's quite a disparity for a team that is laying 13.5 here today. There is a lot of value with Manhattan so I'm taking the points.