The Metro Atlantic Conference Tourney meeting between the Canisius Golden Griffins (12-19, 7-13 MAAC) and the Iona Gaels (11-16, 9-11 MAAC) will be played at Boardwalk Hall. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
Canisius Golden Griffins vs. Iona Gaels Odds Preview
The last time the Golden Griffins played, they beat the Niagara Purple Eagles, 67-63. Majesty Brandon was the top scorer from either team with 19 points on 7-for-18 shooting. The Golden Griffins had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 34.1 (above their season average of 28.5) and had a turnover percentage of 11.8 (better than their season average of 18.3).
The Gaels are hoping for a better outcome after their 68-65 loss to the Saint Peter’s Peacocks in their last contest. With 17 points and 10 rebounds, Iona’s Tajuan Agee had a good game. Saint Peter’s had a turnover percentage of 11.1 (better than their season average of 20.4). Iona, meanwhile, did a great job of converting from the free throw line (17-19; 89.5 percent).
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Golden Griffins, it’s been Majesty Brandon, who has averaged 18 points,1.4 steals, while the Gaels have received great contributions from E.J. Crawford (22 points,7.0 rebounds).
This has potential to be a mistake-prone game for the offense of Iona. Iona ranks 278th in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 20.4 percent), while the pesky defense of Canisius forces the 41st-most turnovers in the NCAA (22.2 percent).
Canisius vs. Iona ATS Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Iona, ATS Winner – Canisius, O/U – Under
Canisius averages 14.1 assists per game, which ranks 69th in the country. Iona ranks 238th in assists allowed per game (14.9).
The Golden Griffins rank 77th in steals per game (7.1) while the Gaels rank 159th in steals allowed per game (6.9).
Iona ranks 230th in rebounds per game (33.5) while Canisius ranks 235th (33.5).
The Gaels have outscored opponents by an average of 1.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Iona has been defeated by an average of 1.2 points.
During their last five games, the Golden Griffins have scored an average of 68.4 points per game (1.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 68.6 points per game (0.0 above their season average).