Canisius vs. Louisiana-Monroe - 12/22/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks (5-5) at Canisius Golden Griffins (4-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm (Orleans Arena)
The Line: Canisius Golden Griffins -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks and Canisius Golden Griffins will square off in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic this Tuesday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Louisiana Monroe Warhawks snapped their three game losing streak and improved to 5-5 (1-0 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the NAIA Central Baptist College Mustangs, 101-76, this past Friday. Louisiana Monroe was outstanding offensively as they shot 58.6% from the field and 55.0% (11-20) from beyond the arc. The Warhawks allowed the Mustangs to shoot 50.0% from the field and 43.5% from three-point range. Louisiana Monroe outrebounded Central Baptist by a 35-18 margin and forced 14 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for Louisiana Monroe was Majok Deng who had a double-double with 33 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 blocks. On the season, the Warhawks have been led by Majok Deng (20.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.6 bpg), Travis Munnings (11.7 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Nick Coppola (10.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.7 apg). Offensively, Louisiana Monroe is averaging 70.4 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field and 31.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Warhawks averages 4.5 three-pointers per game and assist/turnover ratio of 0.95. Defensively, Louisiana Monroe is holding their opponents to an average of 67.7 ppg on 39.9% shooting. The Warhawks have a rebound margin of 4.4 and a turnover margin of -3.2.
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The Canisius Golden Griffins snapped their three game losing streak and improved to 4-6 (1-1 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Boston University Terriers, 84-68, this past Saturday. Canisius had a great first half in which they held a 19-point halftime lead and never let the Terriers get within 8 points in the 2nd half. Canisius struggled a bit offensively shooting just 39.0% from the field and 32.0% from three-point range but made the most of their opportunities at the FT line hitting 30 of 42 FT’s. The Golden Griffins allowed the Terriers to shot 52.2% from the field and forced Boston University to commit 24 turnovers. Leading the way for Canisius was Phil Valenti who had 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal. On the season, the Golden Griffins have been led by Malcolm McMillan (18.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.4 apg), Phil Valenti (16.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.4 apg), and Kassius Robertson (12.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.3 apg). Offensively, Canisius is averaging 83.9 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field and 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Griffins average 10.0 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.30. Defensively, Canisius is allowing their opponents to average 81.9 ppg on 47.9% shooting. The Golden Griffins have a rebound margin of -0.7 and a turnover margin of 2.4.
The Warhawks are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games. The Golden Griffins are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. Sun Belt opponents however just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
This game will come down to whether the stout Louisiana Monroe defensive can contain the high-flying Canisius offensive. Canisius can certainly light it up from beyond the arc but the Warhawks are the more experienced team here and I think Majok Deng will be able to lead the Warhawks to victory in this one. I’m taking Louisiana Monroe and the points.