Winners of two in a row, Manhattan (10-10; 7-4 MAAC) will be looking for a season sweep of Monmouth (12-10; 8-3 MAAC) on Sunday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.
#1 – The Jaspers defeated the Hawks a week ago 71-64 at Draddy Gymnasium.
#2 – Manhattan went 11-2 in February and March a year ago and is 17-5 in the months over the last two seasons.
#3 – A win today would propel the Jaspers into the top three of the league standings while giving them the vaunted tiebreaker over Monmouth.
* Manhattan leads the all-time series by a 6-2 count, but is just 2-2 against the Hawks when playing in West Long Branch.
* The Jaspers have won all three meetings between the teams since Monmouth joined the MAAC.
* Over the last four years, Manhattan is 8-0 when playing in the state of New Jersey.
* In the teams’ first meeting, the Jaspers bested the Hawks 71-64 behind a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds from junior Ashton Pankey.
* Pankey’s second career 20-point performance was one off of his career high.
* In the win over Siena, Manhattan scored a season-high 87 points while making good on a season-best 60.0 percent (9-of-15) from long range.
* On a national level, the Jaspers are tied with VCU for fourth in the Division I ranks with 17.1 forced turnovers per game and have pressured the opposition into at least 16 miscues in 14 of their 20 games.
* Manhattan also ranks second MAAC and among the national leaders in turnover margin (+2.0-61st NCAA) and steals per game (7.1-94th NCAA).
* Sophomore Rich Williams scored 13 points off the bench in the win over Siena as the Manhattan reserves scored a season-high 30 points.
* With the win over Siena, Steven Masiello became the seventh head coach in school history to notch 70 career victories and is 31-12 when coaching at Draddy.
* During MAAC play, the Jaspers are averaging 74.8 ppg at home while shooting 48.6 percent from the floor, including 36.0 percent from deep, and 72.0 percent from the line. However, on the road Manhattan is averaging just 61.8 ppg while shooting 39.9 percent from the field, including 31.6 percent from deep, and 65.7 percent from the line.
KEY MANHATTAN MATCH-UPS
* Rebounding – Manhattan won the battle of the boards (33-29) for the fourth time this season last Sunday and will again need to crash the glass.
* Take Advantage Of Miscues – The Jaspers turned 11 Hawk miscues into an 18-9 advantage in points off turnovers in the first meeting.
* Team Effort – In the first match-up, all 10 Manhattan players that played scored.
TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT
During league play, the Jaspers are 6-1 in games decided by 10 points or less while Monmouth is 6-3.
Manhattan hosts Canisius at Draddy Gym on Friday, Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in a game that will be streamed live on ESPN3.
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