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Canisius vs. Monmouth - 1/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Monmouth Hawks (5-11) at Canisius Golden Griffins (10-8)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Koessler Center)

The Line: Canisius Golden Griffins -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Monmouth Hawks will travel to the Koessler Athletic Center to take on the Canisius Golden Griffins this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Monmouth Hawks dropped to 5-11 (1-3 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Niagara Purple Eagles, 78-77, this past Friday. Monmouth fought back from an 11-point deficit with 2:45 left in regulation, however, couldn’t secure the come from behind victory after turning the ball over with just one second left in regulation. Monmouth shot 43.3% from the field and 46.2% (6-13) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Hawks was Diago Quinn who had 10 points and 14 rebounds. On the season, Monmouth is averaging 73.9 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Hawks are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 39.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Monmouth has been led by Micah Seaborn (14.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.0 apg), Deion Hammond (10.9 ppg, 2.1 rpg), Austin Tilghman (9.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 5.0 apg, 1.2 spg), and Ray Salnave (7.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Monmouth is averaging 76.8 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Hawks have a rebound margin of 1.7 and a turnover margin of -3.9.

Canisius vs. Monmouth - 1/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Canisius Golden Griffins improved to 10-8 (4-1 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Saint Peter’s Peacocks, 70-58, this past Friday. Canisius went into halftime with a 38-29 margin and led comfortably throughout the 2nd half in the victory. Canisius held Saint Peter’s to 38.3% shooting from the field and 26.1% (6-23) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Golden Griffins was Takal Molson who had 23 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, Canisius is averaging 72.1 ppg on 47.2% shooting from the field. The Golden Griffins are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Canisius has been led by Jermaine Crumpton (15.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 apg), Isaiah Reese (15.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 4.6 apg, 2.1 spg), Takal Molson (12.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Malik Johnson (7.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Canisius is allowing their opponents to average 69.3 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Golden Griffins have a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of -0.8.

The Hawks are 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight up loss. The Golden Griffins are 8-0-1 ATS in their last 9 home games and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Monmouth has lost 7 of their last 9 games and has been really hurt on the defensive end this season as the Hawks rank just 281st in scoring defense and 336th in turnover margin. Canisius has won 6 of their last 7 games and have been solid on both ends of the court as the Golden Griffins rank 104th in scoring defense, 76th in FG%, and 85th in three-pointers made per game. Canisius is 6-1 at home this season with impressive wins over Elon and Rider, and as the Hawks have struggled on the road and just don’t have the talent that they had last year, I’m taking the Golden Griffins to cover this home spread. Take Canisius to cover. 

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