Manhattan vs. Niagara: Full Game Preview

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Manhattan vs. Niagara: Full Game Preview
Manhattan
(5-12, 2-9 away)
Niagara
(10-8, 7-1 home)
Venue: Gallagher Center
3:00PM ET / 12:00PM PT, January 19, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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.

Manhattan StatSmack

  • 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.
MAN Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B George Beamon 28 13 5 1 2 0 2
C Rhamel Brown 25 12 7 1 1 3 2
D+ Emmy Andujar 25 7 4 2 1 0 3
D M. Alvarado 23 9 2 2 1 0 3
D RaShawn Stores 25 5 3 3 1 0 2
D Shane Richards 18 7 1 1 0 0 1
D Donovan Kates 25 6 3 1 0 0 2
D R. Colonette 16 3 3 0 0 1 1
D- Mohamed Koita 13 4 1 0 1 0 1
D- CJ Jones 14 2 1 1 0 0 1
F Ryan McCoy 12 1 2 1 0 0 1
F M. Jackson Jr. 4 0 1 1 0 0 1
F Adam Lacey 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
NU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Juan`ya Green 37 17 3 5 2 0 3
B- Antoine Mason 35 19 5 2 1 0 2
C Ameen Tanksley 28 11 6 1 1 0 1
C Devon White 21 7 5 0 1 1 1
C T.J. Cline 21 7 5 1 1 0 1
C- Marvin Jordan 27 8 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Tahjere McCall 19 4 3 3 1 0 2
D Joe Thomas 11 2 3 0 0 1 1
D Malcolm Lemmons 15 4 2 1 0 0 1
D S. Gillette 10 3 3 0 0 0 0
D L. Johnson 2 1 1 1 0 0 0
F Skylar Jones 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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