Canisius Golden Griffins (14-9) at Saint Peter's Peacocks (9-13)
|Date & Time||Sunday February 4, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Saint Peter's Peacocks -1 -- Over/Under:
nisius Golden Griffins will travel to the Yanitelli Center to take on the Saint Peter’s Peacocks this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Canisius Golden Griffins improved to 14-9 (8-2 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Marist Red Foxes, 76-67, this past Friday. Canisius trailed by a 34-30 margin at halftime, however, was able to fight back and secure the win after a 15-6 run gave the Golden Griffins a 69-62 lead with just 0:51 seconds remaining in regulation. Canisius shot just 35.2% from the field and 22.2% (6-27) from beyond the arc, however, did force Marist to commit 24 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Griffins was Jermaine Crumpton who had a double-double with 18 points, 16 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, Canisius is averaging 74.1 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Golden Griffins are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Canisius has been led by Jermaine Crumpton (16.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.5 apg), Isaiah Reese (16.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 4.9 apg, 2.3 spg), Takal Molson (13.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.9 apg), Malik Johnson (7.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, Canisius is allowing their opponents to average 71.3 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Golden Griffins have a rebound margin of -1.2 and a turnover margin of 1.2.
The Saint Peter’s Peacocks snapped their 6-game losing streak and improved to 9-13 (3-8 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Niagara Purple Aces, 58-52, this past Friday. Saint Peter’s was outstanding on the defensive end against Niagara and was able to hang on late after the Purple Eagles fought back from a 25-18 deficit at halftime. Saint Peter’s held Niagara to just 27.1% from the field and 17.9% (5-28) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Peacocks was Nick Griffin who had 20 points, 3 rebounds, and a block. On the season, Saint Peter’s is averaging 66.7 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Peacocks are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Saint Peter’s has been led by Nick Griffin (14.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg), Davauhnte Turner (11.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Sam Idowu (11.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 bpg), and Elijah Gonzales (7.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.6 spg). Defensively, Saint Peter’s is holding their opponents to an average of 67.1 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Peacocks have a rebound margin of -3.0 and a turnover margin of 2.3.
The Golden Griffins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win. The Peacocks are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 games following a ATS win.
Canisius won 5 of their last 6 games and has been balanced on both ends of the court this season as the Golden Griffins currently rank 172nd in scoring offense, 57th in three-pointers per game, and 153rd in scoring defense. Saint Peter’s finally pulled off a win and although their offense has struggled this season, ranking 318th in scoring offense, however, the Peacocks have been great defensively as they come into this matchup ranked 59th in scoring defense and 47th in defensive FG%. Saint Peter’s can give you trouble on their home court, however, Canisius is a respectable 5-7 on the road this season and as I think the Golden Griffins are just the more talented team in this one, I’m taking Canisius and the point.