Buffalo vs. Canisius - 11/11/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Canisius Golden Griffins (18-16) at Buffalo Bulls (17-15)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Alumni Arena-NY)
The Line: Buffalo Bulls -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
On Saturday afternoon from UB Alumni Arena in Getzville, the Canisius Golden Griffins and the Buffalo Bulls will be facing off in college basketball action.
Canisius comes into this season after an 18-15 campaign last season. The Griffins stumbled out of the gate at 1-4 but rattled off some wins before stumbling to 1-4 to close out the year. In the CIT, Canisius lost to Samford in the first round 78-74.
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The Golden Griffins lose three of their four leading scorers from last year in Kassius Robertson (16.1 PPG), Phil Valenti (14.0 PPG; 5.9 RPG) and Kiefer Douse (10.9 PPG; 4.4 RPG). That said, Canisius will have a big talent back in Jermaine Crumpton, who put up 15.9 PPG and 4.5 RPG last year.
Over on the Buffalo side, they’re coming off a 17-15 campaign last year. After starting out 4-2, the Bulls dropped five of their next six games to slip to 5-7. Buffalo did rattle off six straight wins in January and February, but finished things out at 2-3 in their final five.
The Bulls will be losing two of their top four scorers from last season; Blake Hamilton had 17.8 PPG and 6.2 RPG with 4.2 APG, and Willie Conner had 12.9 PPG. The good news is that Buffalo retains CJ Massinburg (14.5 PPG; 5.6 RPG) and Nick Perkins (12.1 PPG; 6.6 RPG).
The under is 5-1 in the Bulls’ last six home games and Buffalo is 4-0 ATS in their last four Saturday games. Buffalo is also 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
Meanwhile, the under is 5-0-1 in the Griffins’ last six overall and 5-2 in their last seven Saturday games. Canisius is 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall and 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 Saturday games.
Canisius is going to have to cobble together some additional scorers to help out Crumpton this year, but the good news is that they’ve got some solid young talent on the roster. As for the Bulls, they will need to become a little deeper and more well-rounded if they’re going to increase their win total from last year. Outside of their top four guys last season, no Buffalo player had more than 5.7 PPG. Still, I think Buffalo can come out strong and dominate the boards here to propel toward a cover.