Last Updated: 2017-03-06
The Cornell Big Red visit Koessler Athletic Center to take on the Canisius Golden Griffins. The game gets underway at 3:15 pm ET on Saturday, Nov. 21 and can be seen on ES3.
The Golden Griffins were victorious over Lehigh 98-89 the last time they played. Malcolm McMillan was the game’s leading scorer with 31 points on 9-for-17 shooting. The Big Red, meanwhile, are coming off a 76-59 win over Binghamton in their last outing. Matt Morgan led the game in scoring with 24 points on 9-for-16 shooting.
Canisius is an eight-point favorite against Cornell and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at 152 points. For updated lines, check out BTB’s College Basketball Odds.
The Golden Griffins are still winless Against The Spread (0-1 ATS), but have managed a 1-1 Straight Up (SU) record to start the season. The Golden Griffins have one of the most prolific offenses in the entire nation, averaging 91.5 points per game. The Golden Griffins are an exceptional shooting team from the line with a .787 free throw percentage, one of the highest marks in Division I. Expect to see a lot of second-chance opportunities for Canisius in this matchup, which is one of the top rebounding teams in the nation with an average of 16.5 offensive boards per game.
On the other side, the Big Red have started the season poorly ATS with a 0-1 record to go along with a 2-1 SU record. Cornell is one of the top three-point shooting teams in the nation, knocking down 11.0 shots from three-point range per game.
These two meet for what will be their first head-to-head battle of the season. Cornell won the last game in the matchup, bringing the head-to-head record to an even 1-1 SU. They are also even ATS at 1-1.
Predictions: SU Winner – Can, ATS Winner – Can, O/U – Over
Cornell is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road.
Canisius averages 91.5 points per game (ranked 26th). Cornell, on the other hand, allows 91.0 points per game (ranked 340th).
Ranked 27th, the Canisius Golden Griffins have an offensive rating of 124.8. The Cornell Big Red rank 318th with a defensive rating of just 116.3.
The Canisius Golden Griffins average a field goal percentage of 45.3% this season. The Cornell Big Red are a winless 0-1 when opponents have a FG% of 45.3% or greater.
The Canisius Golden Griffins and the Cornell Big Red both rank higher in average effective field goal percentage when compared to their field goal percentages. Canisius is 159th and 116th in the nation for FG% and eFG% respectively, while Cornell is 108th and 51st in these categories.
Canisius ranks 73rd in assists, registering 16.5 per game. Cornell performs worse at 229th with 12.7 assists per game.
Canisius is one of the best teams in the country when it comes to offensive rebounds, ranking 22nd. Cornell ranks just 154th in defensive rebounds.
Opponents have had an average turnover percentage of 19.1% when playing Canisius this season. Cornell is undefeated (2-0) when its TO% is 19.1% or higher.