Iona Gaels (4-9) vs Canisius Golden Griffins (5-9)Date : 01/13/2019
Time : 2:00 pm EST
Location : Koessler Athletic Center, Buffalo, New York
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Iona Gaels vs Canisius Golden Griffins
The Iona Gaels will travel to Koessler Athletic Center in Buffalo, New York, to battle the Canisius Golden Griffins on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. The Golden Griffins halted a two game winning streak as they were taken out by the Brown Bears in their last outing as Brown battled back from a two-point halftime deficit in which to post 49 points in the second to cause over time. During the extra session, the Bears took control of the game in outscoring Canisius 13 – 6 throughout the five minute period in which to pick up the much-needed victory.
On the other hand, Iona has won two straight games as they picked up at home win over the Fairfield Stags in their last time out as Fairfield was not able to hang on to the momentum of a 51-39 first-half, to where they possessed much of the momentum, as they were outscored in the second stanza 55 – 36 en route to the very deflating loss.
Iona Gaels's Latest Performance :
Again, while Canisius occupies the second place slot within the MAAC conference, with the record of 4-9, Iona sits in third-place as they have certainly played well to begin their conference slate this season. Their most recent win came at home versus the Fairfield Stags as they were able to rally in the second half in which two seize control of the game while also pulling out a all important conference victory.
Tajuan Agee led the team with 23 points while also pulling down 10 rebounds on the night while EJ Crawford also ended the game with 22 points along with eight rebounds in the winning effort. Both teams shot 48% from the floor on the night while Fairfield was able to nail 16 3-pointers while Iona was only able to connect on 10 of 25 3-pointers on the night.
Nonetheless, the Gaels were also able to get to the free-throw line much more frequently as they made good on 22 of 29 attempts for the game while Fairfield only graced the free throw line just 11 times for the game. And while the offense has certainly shined for Iona in its past few outings, the defense certainly has not followed suit as they have allowed opponents to shoot around 47% for the season on a nightly basis. In fact, Iona has allowed opponents to average 86 points in the last five games, overall. They will certainly be looking to curb these trends versus a Canisius team that has been much the same in giving up points to their opponents while struggling on the offensive end, more often than not.
Canisius Golden Griffins's Latest Performance :
Despite having a record of just 5-9 on the season, the Canisius Golden Griffins currently reside in the second-place slot within the MAAC standings, despite their last loss to non-conference opponent in the Brown Bears, recently. Brown received 31 points from Desmond Cambridge as he went 7-13 from three-point range on the night as the Bears shot 50% from the floor as well as connecting on 10 three-pointers. On the other hand, Malik Johnson along with Takai Molsen led Canisius with 19 and 18 points, respectively, as they combined to go 6-13 from three-point range during the contest.
And while there can certainly be a positive for the Golden Griffins from their last outing in that they eclipsed the 90 point mark for only their first time in five games; Nonetheless, the 97 points given up by Canisius versus the Brown Bears was indeed the highest point total surrendered by the Bolden Griffins in their last 10 games, total. In all, they will look to get back on the right track versus an Iona team that has had to endure a rough patch throughout their 2018 campaign; However, have recently struck gold in winning the last two games to where they offense has woken up in which to average a tad under 100 points per outing.
How Iona Gaels & Canisius Golden Griffins Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Iona is 2 – 11 against the spread while the OU is 9 – 4
Canisius is 5 – 9 against the spread while the OU is 5-8
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This will be an interesting MAAC contest on Sunday afternoon versus Iona and Canisius as both teams will be looking to increase their positioning within the division while also extending their current outstanding streak within the conference. As stated, both teams have sub 500 records yet are knocking on the door of the first place slot within the division due to their stellar play in recent games versus conference competition. Nonetheless, I expect both offenses to push the pace early and often in this contest as each squad possesses a defense that is no stranger to giving up points in bunches to its opponents.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Canisius Golden Griffins
My reason for the pick :
I will back the Golden Griffins in this matchup simply due to the fact that, despite their last loss to Brown, they remain to be a much more consistent team on the defensive end. On the other hand, Iona can certainly be a dangerous offensive team, if given the opportunity, as they have illustrated in their recent outings. Nonetheless, the Gaels are winless in their last four road games and simply do not play well away from home. With that being the case, look for the Golden Griffins to have a severe leg up in this contest as they will pull out a hard-fought victory while neutralizing a high-scoring attack for the Gaels in the meantime in which to pick up the conference victory on Sunday.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this contest says it has been the play in the majority of games for both the squads recently. Also, when one looks at the way in which the Gaels have played defense recently, one will certainly look for Canisius to have a much better offensive night, overall. Actually, one should look for both teams to put some points on the board in this contest as the total will certainly be surpassed due to a severe lack of defense on both ends of the floor.
Betting trends for Iona Gaels:
- The Golden Griffins are 4-6 against the spread in last 10 games
- The over is 3-1 in Golden Griffins last 4 games
Betting trends for Canisius Golden Griffins:
- Gaels are 2 – 8 against the spread in last 10 games
- The over is 5-0 in Gaels last 5 games