|Manhattan||G Beamon 13.4||R Brown 7.1||R Stores 2.8|
|Niagara||A Mason 18.6||A Tanksley 5.8||J Green 4.7|
Manhattan visits Gallagher Center on Saturday to take on Niagara. It gets started at 3:00 EST. The Jaspers are 3-5 against the Purple Eagles over the last four years. The last time they met (1/29/2012) they won 87-70.
Manhattan maintains 6th place in the MAAC while Niagara is in 1st place.
In their last outing, despite 18 points from Shane Richards, the Jaspers fell to Canisius 64-60 on January 17th. He is averaging 6.9 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. For the Purple Eagles, Juan`ya Green finished with 21 points and 8 assists in the 87-64 blowout of Siena on January 17th. With 4.7 assists per game and 1.8 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
Niagara has a statistical edge over Manhattan in two key areas. The Purple Eagles turn the ball over less often than the Jaspers, with an average of 11 per game to 17 per game. In addition, Niagara has the edge in scoring, 74 points per game to 58 points per game. Niagara ranks 1st in their conference in turnover percentage at 16.9, which also places them 24th in the country.
- Rhamel Brown is ranked 6th in the MAAC in rebounds and 1st in the MAAC in blocks.
- You get an A for effort, but Manhattan has emerged victorious against Niagara the last 2 times they've played.
- We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Manhattan has had more players drafted by the NBA than Niagara (1 vs 0).
- Manhattan is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Manhattan is 77.1 inches compared to 76.1 inches for Niagara.
- At least you keep showing up. Manhattan has an average margin of victory of 12 over Niagara in 27 wins since 1989.
- Manhattan has a better scoring defense (64.9 allowed per game vs 76.3 allowed per game) than Niagara this season.
- Manhattan embarrassed Niagara by 17 points the last time they played (Jan 29, 2012).
- The Manhattan blocks leader (Rhamel Brown) has more blocks than the Niagara blocks leader (Joe Thomas).
- Manhattan has a better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (0.517 to 0.511).
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