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The Monmouth Hawks (13-10) will travel to Buffalo, NY to play the Canisius Golden Griffins (9-15). Monmouth is on a two-game losing streak in the MAAC with a 7-5 record. The Hawks are still just .5 games out of first place and every game matters. Monmouth lost to St. Peter’s at home, 81-69 even though Deion Hammond dropped 30 points. Nikkei Rutty took down six boards while Ray Salnave had three assists, but it wasn’t enough after St. Peter’s scored 52 points in the second half.
Canisius has dropped four of their last five and have four wins in conference play. The Golden Griffins are now in last place in MAAC play. The last two losses came on the road. Jacco Fritz scored 18 points and tallied 12 rebounds in the 69-66 loss to Niagara on the road. Majesty Brandon had two assists to lead the team.
Monmouth trying to get back on track for Number 1 seedMonmouth has bounced out of the top seed in the MAAC with two straight losses. The Hawks have dropped three of their last four games and are struggling on the road. Monmouth hasn’t been able to score over 70 points in their last three losses. The Hawks score 70 points per game and allow 70.9 points against. Monmouth shoots 40.3 percent from the field and snags 34 rebounds per game this season.
Deion Hammond leads the team with 16.6 points per game while Mustapha Traore tallies 5.4 rebounds per game. Samuel Chaput averages a team-high 3.3 assists per game. Monmouth only has two players in double figures with Hammond and Ray Salnave, who averages 14.7 points per game. The Hawks do a solid job shooting as a team, hitting foul shots 73.9 percent of the time along with 34.6 from long distance.
Canisius Trying to Get out of the Last spot in the standingsCanisius is 4-9 in MAAC play but just four games behind first-place Rider. That’s how close this conference is from top to bottom. Canisius averages 69.1 points per game and allows 70.9 points per game. The Golden Griffins shoot 444 percent from the floor and bring down 33.3 rebounds per game.
Malik Johnson leads the team in points with 13.1 per game and rebounds with 6.1 per game along with assists with 5.9 per game. The Golden Griffins only have two players in double figures with Johnson and Majesty Brandon above ten points per game. Scott Hitchon averages 9.5 points per game and could be a double-figure scorer soon. Canisius shoots 69.4 percent from the foul line and 29.6 percent from three this season.
Covers.com Golden Griffins are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss. Golden Griffins are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400.
Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games. Hawks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Monmouth has fallen out of first place with a brutal stretch in their last four games. Monmouth knows they need to pick it up or else they can fall out of the top quickly with the MAAC so wide open this season. Canisius is at the bottom of the conference and still have four wins. Canisius could easily have seven or eight wins if games went their way. The Golden Griffins took a 69-66 loss to Niagara and 61-60 loss to Rider. The Golden Griffins shoot 44.4 percent from the floor and will finally come back home after the two brutal close losses on the road. I expect Canisius to catch Monmouth off guard at home and win this one. By record, it’s an upset. But it’s not really an upset. This conference is as close as it gets.
Full-Game Total Pick
While Canisius has been solid keeping games close, in their last two home games, they’ve had some big scoring games at home. Canisius beat Rider by the score of 95-85 and watched Quinnipiac score 90 in their building on January 31. It’s going to become an offensive explosion between two teams that desperately need this game. Canisius will end up getting better looks and knocking down a couple more shots to get the win. This will be tight for most of the game. Both teams need this game for multiple reasons.