Canisius Golden Griffins vs. Marist Red Foxes Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/26/14
Marist Red Foxes (6-13) at Canisius Golden Griffins (13-7)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Koessler Center)
The Line: Canisius Golden Griffins -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Canisius looks for sole possession of first place in the MAAC with a win over Marist when the two sides face off on Sunday.
The Breakdown: Canisius is 7-2 in the conference and coming off an 84-74 victory over Niagra Wednesday. The Golden Griffins shot 50 percent from the field and connected on 5 of 18 from beyond the arc, while holding the Purple Eagles to 29 of 62 from the field and 9 of 19 from distance. Senior G Billy Baron had a team-high 31 points on 10 of 17 shooting and senior G Chris Perez added 19 points, including 7 of 8 from the foul line. On the season, Canisius is averaging 76.5 ppg on 45.7 percent shooting. Baron leads the team with 23.5 ppg, followed by junior C Jordan Heath at 11.3 ppg.
Meanwhile Marist sits in 9th place in the MAAC with a league record of 3-6. The Red Foxes come in off an 80-74 loss to Niagra Friday, in which they outshot the Purple Eagles from the field 52.8 percent to 48.0 percent, but were outdone from distance 52.9 percent to 41.2 percent. Marist also committed 16 turnovers. Junior G Chavaughn Lewis had a game-high 25 points and 8 rebounds, while freshman G Khallid Hart added 12 points. Through 19 games, the Red Foxes are averaging 64.1 ppg on 39.5 percent shooting and Lewis leads the team with 17.1 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this matchup is currently set at -10 for Canisius. Marist just doesn’t appear to have the firepower to match the Golden Griffins, giving up over 12 points a game and shooting at a considerably lower percentage. Look for Canisius to cover.