The Manhattan Jaspers and the Iona Gaels are set to square off in an MAAC matchup at 7 p.m. ET on Friday at the Hynes Athletics Center. Iona is 12-3 overall and 5-0 at home, while the Jaspers are 8-3 overall and 2-2 on the road. It's a rivalry that Iona has dominated over the years, as the Gaels have won and covered the spread in eight of the last 10 head-to-head matchups.
However, it was Manhattan that won outright as an eight-point underdog the last time these teams met. This time around, the Gaels are favored by 15 points in the latest Iona vs. Manhattan odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under is set at 146. Before entering any Manhattan vs. Iona picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Iona vs. Manhattan spread: Iona -15
- Iona vs. Manhattan over-under: 146 points
What you need to know about Iona
It was a close one, but on Tuesday the Gaels sidestepped the Fairfield Stags for an 80-76 win. Rick Pitino's squad dominated the glass to earn the win, outrebounding Fairfield 35-26 and beating them on the offensive glass 14-3 to help them get up 67 shots compared to the Stags' 51.
Nelly Junior Joseph had a massive game in the victory, putting up 20 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double of the season. The second-year forward from Benin is averaging 14.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game and he's also been an elite rim protector, with 61 blocks in his 33 games at Iona.
What you need to know about Manhattan
Speaking of tight games: it was close, but Manhattan got a 77-74 victory against The Citadel in its last game. The Jaspers shot 9-of-19 from the 3-point line in the win with Anthony Nelson going 4-of-5 from deep on his way to a team-high 20 points.
Nelson is shooting 46.7 percent from beyond the arc this season and is one of three Manhattan players averaging double-digits scoring. He's scoring 11.2 ppg while Jose Perez is averaging 14.1 ppg and Warren Williams is averaging 10.3 ppg.
How to make Manhattan vs. Iona picks
The model is leaning under on the total and it's also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.
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