Monmouth vs. Canisius - 3/7/15 MAAC Quarterfinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Canisius Golden Griffins (16-13) at Monmouth Hawks (17-14)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2:30 pm (Times Union Center)
The Line: Monmouth Hawks -1 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Canisius Griffins and Monmouth Hawks meet Saturday in the MAAC quarterfinal.
The Canisius Griffins look to stay hot after winning four of their last five. On the season, Canisius is averaging 64.6 points on 40.2 percent shooting and is allowing 62.3 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Zach Lewis is averaging 12.9 points and 2.4 assists while Josiah Heath is averaging 9.5 points and 6.9 rebounds. Jeremiah Williams is dishing 1.8 assists and Jamal Reynolds is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Canisius Griffins have three players averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 71 percent from the line and 31.6 percent from deep. Defensively, Canisius is allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in six of its last seven games.
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The Monmouth Hawks look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven. On the season, Monmouth is averaging 64.6 points on 40.2 percent shooting and is allowing 62.3 points on 41.3 percent shooting. Justin Robinson is averaging 13.4 points and 3.8 assists while Deon Jones is averaging 12.7 points and 4.8 rebounds. Andrew Nicholas is dishing 1.3 assists and Brice Kofane is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Monmouth Hawks have three players averaging at least 7.7 points, and they’re shooting 72.6 percent from the line and 33.3 percent from deep. Defensively, Monmouth is allowing 33 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in six of its last seven games.
The Hawks are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games. The Golden Griffins are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
This game is about as even as it gets, especially when you consider both games this season were decided by five or less points. However, Monmouth does have the edge given it won both meetings this season. I'll take the Hawks in a toss up game.