Canisius Golden Griffins (1-5) vs. Iona Gaels (3-2)
December 4, 2022 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Iona Gaels -15.5 / Canisius Golden Griffins +15.5; Over/Under: +139.5
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The Canisius Golden Griffins and the Iona Gaels meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from the Hynes Athletic Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Canisius Golden Griffins will be out to bounce back after a third straight loss following their 74-70 loss to Siena last time out. Jamir Moultrie leads the Golden Griffins in scoring with 13.6 PPG while Jordan Henderson and Tahj Staveskie each have 13 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Canisius up to this point in the season with Staveskie logging a team-high 3.7 APG as well to lead Canisius in assists. Xzavier Long also has a team-high 6 RPG to lead the Golden Griffins on the glass this season. As a team, Canisius is averaging 75.1 PPG on 41.4% shooting from the field, 38.6% from three and 69.7% from the foul line this season.
The Iona Gaels will hope to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last five games after a 78-56 win over Niagara last time out. Daniss Jenkins leads the Gaels in scoring and assists with 19.8 PPG and 4 APG along with 4.2 RPG while Quinn Slazinski has 18 PPG with 7.5 RPG in two games this season. Walter Clayton Jr. has 14.2 PPG with 4 RPG while Berrick JeanLouis has 11 PPG with 4 RPG. Nelly Junior Joseph has 10.4 PPG with 7.4 RPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Iona up to this point in the year. As a team, Iona is averaging 76.2 PPG on 46.1% shooting from the field, 35% from three and 76.5% from the foul line this season.
Canisius is 12-2 ATS in their last 14 games against a team with a winning record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following an ATS win. Iona is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a win while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400.
I get why one would look at Iona here after the Gaels demolished Niagara, but Canisius, despite their current losing streak, hasn’t really been getting blown out in any of their games. There’s also the wrinkle that while Iona’s won 7 straight against Canisius, 5 of the last 6 have been decided by 10 points or less. Canisius hasn’t been a pushover and I don’t expect that to change all of a sudden. Give me the Golden Griffins and the points.