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Manhattan vs. Canisius - 12/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Canisius Golden Griffins (2-4) at Manhattan Jaspers (2-4)

College Basketball: Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Draddy Gymnasium)

The Line: Manhattan Jaspers -4 -- Over/Under: 142.5 See the Latest Odds

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The Canisius Golden Griffins will travel to Draddy Gymnasium to take on the Manhattan Jaspers this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Canisius Golden Griffins snapped their two-game losing streak and improved to 2-4 on the season after defeating the Youngstown State Penguins, 90-84, this past Saturday. Canisius held a 41-35 halftime lead and used a 10-4 run to start the 2nd half to create some separation and secure the win. Canisius shot 52.5% from the field and 36.4% (8-22) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Golden Griffins was Kassius Robertson who had 27 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, Canisius is averaging 71.3 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Golden Griffins average 7.8 three-pointers per game on 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Canisius has been led by Jermaine Crumpton (15.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.2 spg), Kassius Robertson (14.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.2 apg), Phil Valenti (13.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.0 apg), and Kiefer Douse (8.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.2 apg). Defensively, Canisius is allowing their opponents to average 77.5 ppg on 49.7% shooting from the field. The Golden Griffins have struggled a bit on the boards this season as they currently have a rebound margin of -5.3 which ranks 306th in College Basketball.

Manhattan vs. Canisius - 12/2/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Manhattan Jaspers dropped to 2-4 on the season after being defeated by the 25th ranked West Virginia Mountaineers, 108-61, this past Monday. Manhattan didn’t have any chance in this one after the Jaspers feel behind by a 60-27 margin at halftime. The Jaspers allowed West Virginia to shoot 47.3% shooting and committed an incredible 40 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Jaspers was Zavier Peart who had 11 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks from off the bench. On the season, Manhattan is averaging 72.8 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Jaspers average 7.2 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Manhattan has been led by Zavier Turner (17.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Zane Waterman (10.8 ppg, 7.0 rpg), Aaron Walker Jr. (8.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Thomas Capuano (6.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 bpg). Defensively, Manhattan is allowing their opponents to average 85.8 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Jaspers have really struggled with turnovers this season as they currently have a turnover margin of -9.0 which ranked 342nd in College Basketball.

The Golden Griffins are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games overall and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Jaspers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss.

Canisius and Manhattan have struggled on the defensive end this season as the Golden Griffins currently rank T-269th in scoring defense while the Jaspers rank 338th. Manhattan has been terrible at protecing the basketball so far this season and as Canisius should have no problem finding ways to score against the Jaspers, I’m taking the Golden Griffins and the over in this one. 

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Canisius Golden Griffins +4; Over 142.5

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