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

Game
Canisius at Fairfield
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 1:00 PM (EST)
Location
Alumni Hall
Fairfield, Connecticut
The Line
The Line: Fairfield -2.5 -- Over/Under: 146.5
TV Channel
ESPN3
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Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The Canisius Golden Griffins and Fairfield Stags meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Alumni Hall.

The Canisius Golden Griffins look for a victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Canisius Golden Griffins are averaging 69.4 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allowing 76.8 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Takal Molson is averaging 17 points and two assists while Isaiah Reese is averaging 12.4 points and six rebounds. Malik Johnson is dishing 3.1 assists and Scott Hitchon is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Canisius Golden Griffins are shooting 30 percent from beyond the arc and 67.2 percent from the free throw line. The Canisius Golden Griffins are allowing 36.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.4 rebounds per game. The Canisius Golden Griffins have won their last three road games.

The Fairfield Stags could use a win after losing seven of their last 10 games. The Fairfield Stags are averaging 71.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 75.6 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Landon Taliaferro is averaging 13.2 points and one assist while Neftali Alvarez is averaging 12.2 points and 3.4 assists. Jonathan Kasibabu is the third double-digit scorer and Jesus Cruz is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Fairfield Stags are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 69.6 percent from the free throw line. The Fairfield Stags are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.8 rebounds per game. The Fairfield Stags have lost four of their last six home games.

The Golden Griffins are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic and 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Stags are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Golden Griffins are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Fairfield. The over is 5-2 in Stags last 7 home games. The under is 4-1 in Golden Griffins last 5 overall.

The Canisius Golden Griffins have actually had some success covering numbers on the road this season, but they don't shoot the ball well enough on the road for me to get behind them against what can be an explosive Fairfield team at home. The Fairfield Stags are shooting over 50 percent from the field at home and 47.1 percent in their last five games. Assuming those percentages hold true, I'll lay the bucket against an offensively challenged Golden Griffins.

Pick:
Fairfield -2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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