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College Basketball Picks: Iona Gaels vs. Manhattan Jaspers

Jeff GrantContributor IFebruary 28, 2014

College Basketball Picks: Iona Gaels vs. Manhattan Jaspers

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    Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

    The Manhattan Jaspers have won 11 of their last 13 conference games at Draddy Gymnasium, which is important to consider when making your college basketball picks Friday as they prepare to take on the Iona Gaels.

    Sports bettors will find that the Jaspers are 4.5-point home favorites in the NCAA basketball odds, with the betting total sitting at 163 in the market.

    Let's take a closer look at this Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference matchup from a betting perspective while offering up a prediction along the way.

     

    Gambling stats via SBR Forum

Iona Gaels

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    The Iona Gaels have won 11 games in a row, including an 86-67 victory over the Marist Red Foxes as five-point home favorites Sunday.

    College basketball handicappers will find that the Gaels are 1-6 straight up and against the spread as underdogs this season.

Manhattan Jaspers

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    The Manhattan Jaspers are 11-3 straight up in February over the last two seasons. They'll attempt to bounce back from a 67-63 defeat to the Siena Saints as 6.5-point road favorites last Friday.

    Over the last two-plus seasons, the Jaspers are 2-4 against the spread as home favorites of 3.5 to 6.0 points.

Prediction

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    I'm going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their college basketball picks, as the UNDER is 8-3 in the Manhattan Jaspers' last 11 games following a straight-up loss.

    Pick: Under 163

     

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