Hofstra vs Manhattan Preview and Prediction
Hofstra vs Manhattan Preview
The Hofstra Pride (7-2) are looking for their third straight win over a MAAC opponent as they take on the Manhattan Jaspers (2-6) on Monday night at Draddy Gymnasium.
Hofstra extended its win streak to four with a solid 89-73 victory over Rider on Saturday as senior Justin Wright-Foreman had a game-high 24 points and junior Tareq Coburn scored a career-high 19 points and added a game-high eight rebounds in his first career start. Junior Eli Pemberton had a solid all-around game with 12 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while senior Desure Buie posted 14 points and a game-high tying (Wright-Foreman) six assists.
Hofstra will be looking for its first win streak of at least five games since winning eight straight games from February 11-March 6, 2016.
Manhattan is 2-6 and has dropped three straight games, including a 69-62 defeat to Stony Brook on December 5. Pauly Paulicap leads the Jaspers in scoring with 13 points per game and ranks second on the team with 5.3 rebounds per outing. Ebube Ebube leads Manhattan with 6.5 rebounds per game, while Nehemiah Mack has dished out 18 assists to lead the team.
Ebube has reached double-figures on the glass three times this year and ranks second in the MAAC with 6.5 rpg, including a league-leading 3.4 offensive rpg (36th NCAA).
Offense vs Defense
Points/Game: 79.5-Hofstra 53.9-Manhattan
Points Allowed/Game: 71.3-Hofstra 60.4-Manhattan
TO/Game: 11.8-Hofstra 16.4-Manhattan
FT%: 80.4%-Hofstra 55.3%-Manhattan
Manhattan is 19th nationally in scoring defense, yielding a MAAC-low 60.4 ppg while also ranking 30th in turnovers forced per game (17.1) and 69th in steals per game (7.9).
Hofstra is T-101st nationally in scoring offense and scores more than 20 points per game more than the Jaspers nightly.
The Jaspers lead the all-time series by a 42-22 count and won last year’s meeting by a 63-61 count.
Head Coach Steve Masiello is a perfect 5-0, all-time, against Hofstra and 7-3 vs. CAA opposition.
LINE: -7.5 Hofstra
Hofstra destroyed a MAAC team in Rider that was supposed to finish stop the conference. Manhattan has the advantage of playing at home, but it would be a solid upset if they were to beat the Pride.
Manhattan plays an aggressive style of defense that can frustrate most teams–but with Justin Wright-Foreman leading the Pride, I think they will win and cover the points.
Hofstra 71 Manhattan 59
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