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Canisius vs. Quinnipiac - 2/1/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Quinnipiac at Canisius
Date & Time Friday February 1, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Koessler Athletic Center
Buffalo, NY
The Line
Canisius Golden Griffins -3.5 -- Over/Under: 143.5
TV Channel
ESPN3
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The Quinnipiac Bobcats will travel to the Koessler Athletic Center to take on the Canisius Golden Griffins this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats won their 2nd straight game and improved to 10-9 (5-3 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Saint Peter’s Peacocks, 77-58, this past Sunday. Quinnipiac was outstanding offensively against Saint Peter’s and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 53-32 lead with 14:05 left in the 2nd half. Quinnipiac shot 50.0% from the field while holding Saint Peter’s to just 42.6% shooting from the field & 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Cameron Young who had 28 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, Quinnipiac is averaging 71.3 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 10.4 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Quinnipiac has been led by Cameron Young (20.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg), Rich Kelly (12.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.0 apg), Jacob Rigoni (8.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Tyrese Williams (8.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Quinnipiac is holding their opponents to an average of 70.6 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of -1.4.

The Canisius Golden Griffins had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 8-12 (5-3 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Niagara Purple Eagles, 78-70, this past Wednesday. Canisius had no answers on either end of the floor for Niagara in the 1st half and couldn’t fight all the way back after they went into halftime trailing by a 42-27 margin. Canisius allowed Niagara to shoot 49.0 from the field and was outrebounded by the Purple Eagles by a 37-27 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Griffins was Jonathan Sanks who had 16 points, 4 rebounds, and an assist.

On the season, Canisius is averaging 70.1 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Golden Griffins are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Canisius has been led by Takal Molson (16.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg), Isaiah Reese (11.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.7 spg), Malik Johnson (8.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.8 spg), and Scott Hitchon (7.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.4 apg).

Defensively, Canisius is allowing their opponents to average 75.8 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Golden Griffins have a rebound margin of -4.6 and a turnover margin of 1.3.

The Bobcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Golden Griffins are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games vs. MAAC opponents, however, just 2-10 ATS are just 1-9 ATS in their last 10 home games.

Quinnipiac has won 4 of their last 6 games and although their offense ranks just 236th in scoring offense, the Bobcats have been a threat from beyond the arc as they rank 14th in three-pointers made per game & 91st in 3P-FG%. Canisius has lost 4 of their last 7 games and come into this game ranked just 259th in scoring offense, 274th in scoring defense, & 306th in defensive FG%.

Canisius was able to get a nice road victory at Quinnipiac a couple of weeks ago, however, I just don’t see the Golden Griffins defense holding the Bobcats to 37.9% shooting from the field again. Quinnipiac has the better defense between the two teams and between the fact that the Bobcats should have an advantage on the boards and defeated Canisius on the road last season, I’m taking Quinnipiac and the points in this one.

Pick:
Quinnipiac Bobcats +3.5

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