MAAC foes will battle when the Manhattan Jaspers (11-12, 7-7 MAAC) take on the Saint Peter’s Peacocks (13-11, 10-5 MAAC) at Draddy Gymnasium. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 21, 2020.
Saint Peter’s Peacocks vs. Manhattan Jaspers Free Preview
The Peacocks were victorious over the Fairfield Stags in their last game, 61-44. With 11 points and 10 rebounds, Saint Peter’s’ Fousseyni Drame had a good performance. The Peacocks held the Stags to an offensive rebounding percentage of 14.6 (below their season average of 30.6) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.292 (below their season average of 0.446).
The last time the Jaspers played, they were beaten by the Siena Saints, 65-52. Pauly Paulicap led Manhattan in scoring with 12 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Siena’s 11.2 turnover percentage was their biggest strength over Manhattan, who had a rate of 17.8. The Saints’ mark was better than their season average of 16.8.
These two schools have already met once this season. The Peacocks won 70-53. The Peacocks played a nearly perfect game. They had a fantastic free throw rate of 0.453 and a turnover percentage of 16.6. The Jaspers were 0.158 and 26.0, respectively, for those same stats. Paulicap was a standout player in the game, producing 11 points and eight rebounds.
This has potential to be a mistake-prone game for the Manhattan offense. Manhattan ranks 254th in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 20.2 percent), while the gambling defense of Saint Peter’s forces the 52nd-most turnovers in the country (21.9 percent). Also, the 58th-ranked defense of the Peacocks (effective field goal percentage allowed of 0.462) will battle against the 323rd-ranked offense of the Jaspers (effective field goal percentage of 0.460).
Saint Peter’s at Manhattan Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Saint Peter’s, ATS Winner – Saint Peter’s, O/U – Under
The Jaspers rank 129th in assists per game (13.3) while the Peacocks rank 253rd (10.4).
Manhattan ranks 68th in blocked shots (3.8 per game) while Saint Peter’s ranks 170th in blocks allowed per game (4.8).
Saint Peter’s ranks 60th in rebounds allowed per game (32.6) while Manhattan ranks 226th (37.0).
The Jaspers rank 92nd in three pointers attempted per game (23.6) while the Peacocks rank 252nd (18.3).
Manhattan averages 7.0 steals per game, which ranks 85th in the country. Saint Peter’s ranks 210th in steals allowed per game (7.9).
The Jaspers have outscored opponents by an average of 1.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Manhattan has lost by an average of 1.2 points.
During their last five games, the Peacocks have scored an average of 74.4 points per game (10.3 above their season average) and allowed an average of 67.4 points per game (5.2 above their season average).