Manhattan vs. Niagara: Full Game Preview
|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|
Niagara welcomes Manhattan to Gallagher Center on Saturday. Tip-off is at 3:00 EST. The Purple Eagles are 5-3 against the Jaspers over the last four years. They lost 87-70 the last time they played (1/29/2012).
Niagara is in 1st place in the conference, Manhattan is in 6th place.
In their last match-up on January 17th, Antoine Mason put up 23 points as the Purple Eagles ran it up on Siena 87-64. His 18.6 points per game is the highest mark on the team. For the Jaspers, Shane Richards put up 18 points in the 64-60 loss to Canisius on January 17th. He contributes 1.4 rebounds per game in addition to his 6.9 points per game.
In terms of team stats, Niagara has an advantage in two key areas. The Purple Eagles hang onto the ball better, with turnovers held to 11 per game compared to 17 per game for the Jaspers. Niagara also has an advantage in scoring, 74 points per game to 58 points per game. From a tempo-free perspective, Manhattan is strong in free throw rate at 43.6. This is good enough for 1st in the conference and 24th in the nation.
- The Niagara steals leader (Juan`ya Green) has more steals than the Manhattan steals leader (Rhamel Brown).
- Niagara has a better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (0.497 to 0.413).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Niagara currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (961 to 949) than Manhattan, per the NCAA.
- Keep filling up on cupcakes. Niagara has a stronger schedule than Manhattan this season (SOS Rank: #58 vs #235).
- The Niagara assist leader (Juan`ya Green) has more assists than the Manhattan assist leader (RaShawn Stores).
- At least you keep showing up. Niagara has an average margin of victory of 10 over Manhattan in 23 wins since 1989.
- Even computers respect Niagara more. We have a better RPI this season than Manhattan (RPI: #145 vs #283).
- Niagara has a more potent offense, scoring more points (73.0 per game vs 56.8 per game) than Manhattan this season.
- Antoine Mason is ranked 5th in the MAAC in points.
- The Niagara basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Manhattan (91% vs 73%).
- Juan`ya Green is ranked 8th in the MAAC in points and 4th in the MAAC in assists.
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