Canisius Golden Griffins vs. Quinnipiac Bobcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/20/14
Quinnipiac Bobcats (17-8) at Canisius Golden Griffins (18-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Koessler Center)
The Line: Canisius Golden Griffins -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Canisius and Quinnipiac look to break their tie and take sole possession of second place in the MAAC when they square off at the Koessler Athletic Center Thursday.
The Breakdown: The Golden Griffins improved to 12-4 in the conference and remained in second place after topping Siena 92-88 in triple overtime Sunday. Senior G Billy Baron lifted Canisius to the victory, scoring 11 his career-high 40 points in the third overtime. Senior G Chris Perez finished with 25 points, including 9 of 10 from the free throw line, and junior C Jordan Heath added 11 points, 4 steals and 3 blocks. The Golden Griffins connected on 43.3 percent from the floor and 5 of 25 from outside the arc to Siena’s 43.3 percent from the field and 9 of 27 from distance. Canisius conceded a 40-32 edge on the boards, but forced 21 turnovers and converted 33 of 41 from the foul line. On the season, the Golden Griffins are averaging 78.0 ppg on 45.6 percent shooting. Baron leads the team with 24.6 ppg, followed by Perez at 12.4 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Quinnipiac also sits at 12-4 in the conference after rattling off its last five, including a 74-64 handling of St. Peter’s Sunday. The Bobcats shot an accurate 50.0 percent from the floor and hit 3 of 10 from distance to the Peacocks’ 41.1 percent from the field and 4 of 20 from outside the arc. Quinnipiac dominated the boards 42-28 and converted 13 of 20 from the free throw line. Junior F Ousmane Drame scored a game-high 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, junior G Zaid Hearst had 20 points and 5 boards, and senior F Ike Azotam added 16 points and 11 rebounds. Through 25 games, the Bobcats are averaging 79.0 ppg on 41.9 percent shooting. Azotam leads the team with 16.9 ppg, followed by Hearst at 15.6 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -7 for Canisius. The Golden Griffins topped Quinnipiac handily on the road 86-74 about three weeks ago, shooting 51.8 percent while stifling the Bobcats to a season-low 37.1 percent. This is for second place and time is wearing thin for both teams to catch Iona, so look for a closer game than the spread.