The Bucknell Bison (2-1) will travel to Koessler Athletic Center to meet the Canisius Golden Griffins (0-2) in their home opener. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 16, 2019.
Bucknell Bison vs. Canisius Golden Griffins Odds Preview
The last time the Bison played, they beat the Hofstra Pride, 86-71. Jimmy Sotos was the game’s high scorer with 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting. The Bison had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (41.7 vs. 26.7) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.575 vs. 0.429).
The Golden Griffins are trying to rebound after their 83-57 loss to the Albany Great Danes in their last matchup. Majesty Brandon led Canisius in scoring with 19 points on 8-for-18 shooting. Albany had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.627 vs. 0.379). Canisius, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (16.5 vs. 17.0).
When considering effective field goal percentage, Bucknell should have a noteworthy edge. Since the 2018-19 season, the Bison offense ranks 84th in that metric at 0.529, while the Canisius defense ranks 328th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.538).
The Golden Griffins won the lone game against the Bison last season, 82-73. The Golden Griffins dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 28.1 and a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.351. For those same stats, the Bison had marks of 15.6 and 0.208, respectively.
Bucknell Bison vs. Canisius Golden Griffins Odds Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – Bucknell, ATS Winner – Canisius, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Bison rank 34th in three pointers attempted per game (26.6) while the Golden Griffins rank 90th in three pointers allowed per game (21.0).
Bucknell ranks 172nd in rebounds per game (35.3) while Canisius ranks 307th (31.5).
The Golden Griffins rank 124th in steals per game (6.5) while the Bison rank 250th (5.1).
Bucknell averages 15.6 assists per game, which ranks 33rd in the nation. Canisius ranks 131st in assists allowed per game (12.7).