Manhattan @ IONA
IONA -14 -109 over Manhattan

Pinnacle  -14½ -109 BET365 -15 -105 SportInteraction -15 -105 BetOnlin-15-108

Posted at 5:00 PM EST.

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IONA -14½ over Manhattan

7:00 PM EST. We don’t like Rick Pitino, in fact, we hate the lying, cheating, son of a bitch, but it doesn’t matter what we like, as we have no biases. Tonight, we love him and the Gaels. Dude knows how to build a program and right now in Westchester County, they were run through the meat grinder in non-conference play. KenPom ranks the Gaels schedule as the 46th strongest with games against Alabama and Kansas in addition to some quality mid-majors. Iona was favored by 7½ against Fairfield last time out and did not cover, lost to St. Louis and failed to cover as 10½ point chalk to Marist in its last three. We have to wonder if there will be much of an appetite to back the Gaels spotting an even bigger number.

On the surface, spotting these 15-points to a side like Manhattan might look foolish. The Jaspers are 8-3 and have won two straight, including two trips to the pay window. Dare we say Manhattan’s stock is trending upward? Temper the excitement because once you take a closer look, the spot actually looks like a steal on Iona. The Jaspers résumé is built on one of the weakest slates in all of college hoops (348-of-358). To be frank, the Jaspers are ill-equipped to keep pace here unless Iona is ice cold but that's not likely. Pitino preaches defense first and the offense will follow.

Rick Pitino and this Gaels' roster doesn’t belong in the MAAC. This roster is too talent rich for this conference so everyone is playing for second place this year while Pitino attempts to steamroll whoever gets in his way. If you think Pitino was happy with a four-point win over Farfield or a three-point win over Marist, you would be badly mistaken. Somebody is going to pay for the small victories and we’re betting it’s the Jaspers. 

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Our Pick

IONA -14 -109 (Risking 2.18 units - To Win: 2.00)

 

 

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