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Monmouth vs. Canisius - 2/16/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Canisius Golden Griffins (18-9) at Monmouth Hawks (9-17)
Date & Time Friday February 16, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Monmouth Hawks +1 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN3
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NCAA BB | Canisius Golden Griffins (18-9) at Monmouth Hawks (9-17)
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The Canisius Golden Griffins and Monmouth Hawks meet Friday in college basketball action at the OceanFirst Bank Center.

The Canisius Golden Griffins look for another victory after winning 13 of their last 15 games. The Canisius Golden Griffins are averaging 74.8 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 70 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Jermaine Crumpton is averaging 16.9 points and 5.3 rebounds while Isaiah Reese is averaging 15.9 points and 4.8 assists. Takal Molson is the third double-digit scorer and Malik Johnson is dishing 4.5 assists. The Canisius Golden Griffins are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 71.4 percent from the free throw line. The Canisius Golden Griffins are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30 rebounds per game. The Canisius Golden Griffins have won four straight road games.

The Monmouth Hawks need a victory here after splitting their last eight games. The Monmouth Hawks are averaging 75.7 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 76.9 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Micah Seaborn is averaging 13.7 points and 1.9 assists while Deion Hammond is averaging 12.1 points and 2.3 rebounds. Austin Tilghman is the third double-digit scorer and Ray Salnave is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Monmouth Hawks are shooting 39.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.5 percent from the free throw line. The Monmouth Hawks are allowing 35.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.5 rebounds per game. The Monmouth Hawks have split their last six home games.

The Golden Griffins are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Hawks are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Hawks last 7 overall and the under is 10-4 in Golden Griffins last 14 road games.

Canisius smoked Monmouth a couple of weeks ago by 15 points, and they head into this game as one of the hotter teams in the country. The Canisius Golden Griffins are really getting after it defensively and are outscoring teams by 14 points in their last five games. The Monmouth Hawks continue to play a lot of close games this season and are often on the losing side due to a defense that can run hot and cold. Monmouth has owned Canisius over the years, but this season these teams are heading in different directions. Give me the Golden Griffins in this toss-up.

Pick:
Canisius Golden Griffins -1

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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