Manhattan at Canisius
|Date & Time||Friday March 8, 2019, 9:30 PM (EST)|
Times Union Center
Canisius Golden Griffins -4.5 -- Over/Under: 125
The Manhattan Jaspers and Canisius Golden Griffins will square off at the Times Union Center to take in the Quarterfinals of the MAAC Men’s Championship this Friday night.
The Manhattan Jaspers kept their season alive and improved to 11-20 (8-10 MAAC) on the season after the 7-seeded Jaspers defeated the 10-seeded Fairfield Stags, 57-53, last night. Manhattan struggled offensively against the Stags, however, the defense was outstanding in the 2nd half, and was able to hold off Fairfield after taking a 51-47 lead with 4:57 left in regulation. Manhattan was able to pull out the victory despite shooting just 38.6% from the field and 19.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Jaspers was Christian Hinckson who had 16 points and 2 rebounds.
On the season, Manhattan is averaging 57.0 ppg on 40.6% shooting from the field. The Jaspers are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Manhattan has been led by Warren Williams (8.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Tyler Reynolds (8.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg), Samir Stewart (6.5 ppg, 1.1 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Ebube Ebube (5.8 ppg, 4.7 rpg).
Defensively, Manhattan is holding their opponents to an average of 63.0 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Jaspers have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of -0.7.
The Canisius Golden Griffins finished their regular season with an overall record of 14-16 and earned the 2-seed in the MAAC Men’s Championship after finishing conference play with an 11-7 record. Canisius struggled during non-conference play this season after starting the season with a 3-8 record, however, the Golden Griffins were solid on the road this season and has a knack of winning closing game in conference play as 9 of their 11 conference wins came by 5 points or less. Canisius was outstanding statistically on either end of the court this season as they enter this game ranked just T-232nd in scoring offense, 253rd in scoring defense, and 332nd in defensive FG%.
On the season, Canisius is averaging 70.7 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Golden Griffins are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Canisius has been led by Takal Molson (17.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Isaiah Reese (11.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.6 spg), Malik Johnson (9.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.7 spg), and Scott Hitchon (8.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.5 apg).
Defensively, Canisius is allowing their opponents to average 74.6 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Golden Griffins have a rebound margin of -3.9 and a turnover margin of 1.4.
The Jaspers are 6- ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Golden Griffins are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Friday games, however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games.
Manhattan was able to defeat Canisius in their only match-up of the season as the Jaspers won by a 70-65 margin on the road in mid-February.
Manhattan has had a tough season, however, I think this is a solid match-up for the Jaspers and I just don’t think Canisius is as good as their record/seed might indicate. Manhattan is a perfect 3-0 in neutral site games this season and as I think their defense will be able to keep this game close, I’m taking Manhattan to cover in the points in this one. Good Luck!