The Manhattan Jaspers (1-0) will be at home in Draddy Gymnasium when they go head-to-head with the Harvard Crimson (2-1). Harvard is a 3.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 145.5 points. Action begins at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 18, 2017.
Harvard Crimson at Manhattan Jaspers Betting Preview
The last time the Crimson played, they fell to the Holy Cross Crusaders, 73-69. Seth Towns put together a good game for Harvard, leading both teams in scoring with 24 points on 7-for-11 shooting. Holy Cross had a much better turnover percentage (18.0 vs. 26.9). Harvard, meanwhile, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (45.7 vs. 25.0).
The Jaspers hope to keep it rolling after just getting past the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers in their last contest, 80-79. With 21 points on 9-for-15 shooting, Rich Williams was the games high scorer. Manhattan played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.446 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 31.4. St. Francis Brooklyn was 0.309 and 22.2, respectively, for those same stats.
Manhattan might struggle to find the bottom of the net as they clash against one of the nations best defenses. Harvard ranks 55th in defensive efficiency, while the Jaspers rank 314th in offensive efficiency dating back to the 2016-17 season.
Since last season, the Crimson have had records of 20-11 straight up (SU) and 14-7-2 against the spread (ATS). Vegas has had a tendency to set the total low when Harvard is involved since last season as 60.9 percent of their games have gone over the O/U total.
On the other hand, the Jaspers, have records of 11-22 SU and 12-17 ATS since last season. A little over half of Manhattans games have finished under the projected point total over that same period.
Harvard Crimson vs. Manhattan Jaspers ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Harvard, ATS Winner – Harvard, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Crimson rank 93rd in three pointers attempted per game (22.9) while the Jaspers rank 225th (19.6).
- Harvard ranks 151st in rebounds per game (36.2) while Manhattan ranks 167th in rebounds allowed per game (35.1).
- Harvard ranks 14th in blocks allowed per game (2.4) while Manhattan ranks 207th (3.9).
- The Crimson rank 73rd in assists allowed per game (12.1) while the Jaspers rank 259th (14.9).
- Manhattan averages 7.1 steals per game, which ranks 69th in the NCAA. Harvard ranks 230th in steals allowed per game (6.9).