Canisius at Monmouth Top CBB Betting Pick

Last Updated: 2017-03-06

The Canisius Golden Griffins (7-6) travel to Monmouth to play the Hawks (9-4) in a matchup that pits the Metro Atlantic Athletic’s top-ranked offense against the top-ranked defense. The game starts at 7:00 pm ET on Monday, Jan. 4 and will air on ES3.


The Hawks were beaten by Army 91-84 the last time they played. Justin Robinson finished with 23 points to lead the team. The Golden Griffins are coming off a 92-83 win over Marist in their last outing. Kassius Robertson shot 8 for 12 and led in scoring with 27 points.

This will be the second matchup of the season between these two teams. The Golden Griffins won the first game 96-86. Despite the loss, Robinson was a top performer in the game with 23 points, four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and three three-pointers.

Monmouth, a nine-point favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Canisius. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is 164 points.

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The Hawks are attempting to build on their records of 9-4 Straight Up (SU) and 7-4 Against The Spread (ATS). Monmouth has gotten to the free throw line often this season. They average 19 made free throws per game, which is 47th-best in Division I. Turning to the defensive side, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Hawks, who allow a field goal percentage of only .391. The Hawks do a great job keeping their opponents off of the glass and limiting second-chance points. They average 29.2 defensive rebounds per game, which ranks 25th in Division I.

Across the court, the Golden Griffins head into the game with records of 5-4-1 ATS and 7-6 SU. The Golden Griffins rank eighth in the country in scoring, averaging 86.3 points per game. The Golden Griffins are an excellent long-range shooting team with 134 three-point shots made (10.0 per game), ranking 27th in Division I. Canisius is one of the better offensive rebounding teams in Division I. The Golden Griffins average 14.3 offensive rebounds per game, making them the 20th-best team in the country for that category. When it comes to making good decisions with the ball, not many are better than the Golden Griffins. They have one of the top assist-to-turnover ratios in the country at 1.34.

Canisius won the last meeting this season between these two teams, but Monmouth still leads the head-to-head record, 4-2 SU, over their most recent matchups. The Hawks also hold the advantage ATS with a record of 4-2. When it comes to field goals, rebounds, and three-pointers, Monmouth and Canisius each held the edge in all three of these categories once in the last five meetings.

Predictions: SU Winner – Can, ATS Winner – Can, O/U – Over


Canisius is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road.

Canisius is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Canisius’s last 5 games on the road.

Monmouth is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Canisius.

Monmouth averages 77.8 points per game (ranked 98th). Canisius, on the other hand, allows 82.5 points per game (ranked 339th).

Canisius is one of the top-scoring teams on the road, averaging 83.4 points per game (ranked ninth). Monmouth, on the other hand, allows 65.0 points per home game (ranked 131st).

With 73.6 possessions and 1.058 points per possession, the Monmouth Hawks perform worse on both metrics than the Canisius Golden Griffins. Canisius averages 74.8 possessions and 1.153 points per possession.

Canisius has an average effective field goal percentage of 50.6%. Monmouth has not won a game this season when opponents have a similar or higher effective field goal percentage (0-3).

On average, the Monmouth Hawks attempt 19.0 three point field goals per game and the Canisius Golden Griffins attempt 28.0. In games where they attempt at least 20 threes, Monmouth has a 3-2 record and Canisius has a 7-6 record.

Canisius ranks 46th in the nation with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.34. Monmouth is ranked lower at 232nd with an A/TO of .96.

When it comes to offensive rebounds, Canisius ranks 20th. Monmouth ranks 25th in defensive rebounds.

Opponents have had an average turnover percentage of 20.0% when playing Canisius this season. Monmouth is undefeated this season (4-0) when its TO% is 20.0% or higher.

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