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Canisius Golden Griffins vs. Iona Gaels
Where and when: Hynes Athletic Center, New Rochelle, New York, Friday, 7 pm EST
The Canisius Golden Griffins travel to the Hynes Athletic Center in New Rochelle, New York, to battle the Iona Gaels in Metro Atlantic Athletic Association basketball on Friday night at 7 pm EST. The Golden Griffins have experienced a huge momentum swing as they have rebounded from dropping 6-straight games to winning 3-straight entering this matchup. The Gaels have dropped 7 of their last 9 games, overall, while failing to pick up 2-straight wins in their last outing on the road versus the Marist Red Foxes.
The Gaels have won 4 of their last 5 meetings versus the Golden Griffins at home, however, while covering the spread in 3 of these outings. Important to note that Canisius has picked up wins in 3 of the last 5 meetings, overall, while covering the number in 3 of those matchups.
Golden Griffins explode offensively in win over RiderCanisius continues to play well on both ends of the court as their offense, which puts up 71 points per game on 45% shooting, is coming off a 95-point output at home versus the Broncos of Rider in their last time out. Sixty-one percent shooting along with connecting on 45% of their 3-point attempts (9-20) was certainly the difference-maker for the Golden Griffins in this contest as 4 of their 5 starters reached double digits, including leading scorer in senior guard Malik Johnson (14 ppg, 6 rebs, 6 ass) leading with 18 points and 11 assists. Johnson also went 6-14 from the floor along with 0-3 from long-range with 3 turnovers as the guard, despite leading the team in points, rebounds, and assists per game is shooting 39% from the floor along with 25% from long-range.
Offensively, it will greatly benefit the Golden Griffins if they are to get addition players involved versus an Iona defense that is allowing 73 points per on 45% shooting such as freshman and sophomore guards Jordan Henderson (8 ppg) along with Armond Harried (7 ppg) in addition to freshman forward Jacco Fritz (8 ppg, 5 rebs), who each scored in double-digits versus Rider.
Defensively, the Golden Griffins entered their game with the Broncos giving up just 65 points per game in wins over the Peacocks of St. Peters on the road in addition to the Siena Saints at home. However, the Golden Griffins gave up 40+ points in each half while allowing the Broncos to shoot 47% from the floor along with connect on 8 3-pointers during the contest. Look for the defense to atone for this type of lackluster play versus the cellar-dwelling Gaels, who are putting up just over 61 points per on 42% shooting in 2019.
Iona desperately need a victory versus CanisiusAs stated, the Gaels have 2 wins in their last 9 games, overall. Furthermore, Iona was able to pick up those wins despite scoring less than 69 points, total. It has been a slow offensive year for the Gaels as they are currently in last place withinthe Metro Atlantic Athletic Association and are desperate for a win over a team in the Golden Griffin that they have had success against in the past, particularly at home. The team continues to depend heavily on the offensive play of senior guard E.J. Crawford (17 ppg, 5 rebs), who went just 3-10 from the floor along with 1-4 from long-range with 14 points in their loss to Marist in their most recent.
Minnesota-transfer in guard Isaiah Washington (10 ppg, 4 rebs) along with forward Tajuan Agee (13 ppg, 8 rebs, 1.6 blks) will also be relied upon to keep the offense on track versus a Golden Griffins squad that has played well as of late.
Defensively, the Gaels forced a whopping 18 turnovers versus the Red Foxes; However, Marist also shot over 50% from the floor as a team while connecting on 12 3-pointers in the victory. Important to note that the Gaels have struggled as it relates to perimeter defense as teams are shooting 41% from long-range on the year. Canisius, on the other hand, happens to shoot less than 30% from the arc, yet may find some opportunities during this contest to increase the numbers in this area. As pointed out, the Golden Griffins had one of their best statistical nights from 3-point range versus Rider in making 9 for the game, with 4 three’s by guard Jordan Henderson.
- Gaels are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
- Gaels are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
- Gaels are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Golden Griffins are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
While it is a fact that the Gaels have won 2-straight games versus the Golden Griffins entering this contest; however, as pointed out earlier in the article, Canisius has taken 3 of the last 5 games versus Iona. Combine this with the fact that the Golden Griffins are clearly the better team at this time of the season in winning 3-straight, look for the visitors, who happen to be 3-0-1 against the spread in their last 4 road games, to take out an Iona squad, which are 1-3 against the number in their last 4 home games, that continues to struggle, particularly on the offensive end.
Prediction: Canisius Golden Griffins +2.5
Full-Game Total Pick
The over has been the play in 5 of the last 6 games amongst these two conference foes, including 4 of their last 5 meetings in New Rochelle. And while the defense for the Golden Griffins is clearly the more solid at the moment, the fact is that neither have really put their foot down in this area all season. In fact, in their last 5 meetings, the Gaels have posted an average of 86 points compared to 85 points per for the Golden Griffins. Expect for the over to be the strong play in this instance.
Prediction: Over 145.5