Iona vs Manhattan Basketball Picks 2-16-24

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The Manhattan Jaspers and the Iona Gaels meet in college basketball action from the Hynes Athletic Center on Friday night. Who comes out on top in Friday night MAAC-tion? Let’s dive in and find out with our Manhattan vs. Iona Prediction.

Manhattan Team Preview

The Manhattan Jaspers come into this one looking to snap a four-game losing streak after a 68-63 loss to Siena last time out. Shaquil Bender leads the Jaspers in scoring with 13.7 PPG along with 3.3 RPG while Daniel Rouzan has 12.3 PPG with 4.6 RPG. Seydou Traore has 11.9 PPG with a team-high 8.5 RPG to lead the Jaspers on the glass, rounding out the trio of double-digit scorers for Manhattan so far this season. Brett Rumpel has 9.8 PPG with 5 RPG in 5 games so far this year while Jaden Winston has 8.7 PPG with a team-high 4.7 APG to lead the Jaspers in assists this season. As a team, Manhattan is averaging 67.2 PPG on 41% shooting from the field, 30.9% from three and 72.6% from the foul line this season.

Iona Team Preview

The Iona Gaels come into this one looking to rebound after a 73-69 loss to Canisius last time out. Greg Gordon leads the Gaels in scoring and rebounding with 15.9 PPG and 7.1 RPG while Idan Tretout has 14.3 PPG with 2.9 RPG and 2.4 RPG to round out the scoring in double figures for Iona up to this point in the year. Jeremiah Quigley has 9.9 PPG with 3 APG and Jean Aranguren has 9.3 PPG. Wheza Panzo has 9.2 PPG while Joel Brown has a team-high 3.5 APG as well this season. As a team, Iona is averaging 74 PPG on 44% shooting from the field, 34.8% from three and 64.9% from the foul line this season.

Manhattan vs. Iona Prediction

I’m on Iona here. The Gaels are simply the better team in this matchup and Manhattan has a serious issue with not putting points on the board. Manhattan’s been beat up by less this season and I see Iona having no issues winning this one comfortably. Lay the points with Iona here.

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