Quinnipiac Bobcats vs Canisius Golden Griffins Pick

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Quinnipiac Bobcats vs Canisius Golden Griffins Pick

Last Updated: 2017-03-06

Metro Atlantic Athletic foes will clash when the Canisius Golden Griffins (3-3) face off against the Quinnipiac Bobcats (2-4) at Koessler Athletic Center. Action starts at 7:00 pm ET on Saturday, Dec. 5 and can be seen on ES3.

The Golden Griffins enter this game hoping for similar success after beating Monmouth 96-86 on Friday. Malcolm McMillan was the team’s high scorer with 22 points on 7-for-12 shooting. The Bobcats, meanwhile, are coming off a 76-72 loss at the hands of Niagara on Friday. Giovanni McLean had a good shooting night, leading the game with 21 points.
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Canisius is a nine-point favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at 148 points. The Golden Griffins come into this game 3-3 Straight Up (SU) and 2-2-1 Against The Spread (ATS). The Golden Griffins come into the game with the ninth-ranked scoring offense in the nation, averaging 89.2 points per game. Canisius has been steady from the free throw line, shooting a stellar .752. Spreading the ball around is a huge part of Canisius’s offense. They are 28th in the nation in assists with an average of 17.7 per game.

On the other side, the Bobcats have started the season poorly ATS with a 0-1 record to go along with a 2-4 SU record. Quinnipiac is one of the better offensive rebounding teams in Division I. The Bobcats average 18.3 offensive rebounds per game, making them the third-best team in the country for that category. When it comes to defending the rim, the Bobcats are one of the best in the nation with an average of 7.0 blocks per game.

The conference foes will be facing off in their first head-to-head clash of the season. When they last met the Golden Griffins were winners, moving their SU record against Quinnipiac to 3-1. Furthermore, Canisius holds the advantage ATS with a record of 3-1.

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

Notes

Quinnipiac is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road.

Canisius is a perfect 1-0 SU against the conference, while winless Quinnipiac has languished at 0-1 SU.

Canisius scores 88.5 points per home game (ranked 53rd). Quinnipiac ranks a poor 240th in points allowed on the road, allowing 79.5 points.

The Canisius Golden Griffins average 74.6 possessions and 1.195 points per possession in games this season. The Quinnipiac Bobcats average fewer possessions with 68.3, as well as fewer points per possession with .954.

The Canisius Golden Griffins average an effective field goal percentage of 52.5% this season. The Quinnipiac Bobcats are a winless 0-2 when opponents have an eFG% of 52.5% or greater.

On average, the Canisius Golden Griffins attempt 29.0 three point field goals per game and the Quinnipiac Bobcats attempt 22.0. In games where they attempt at least 20 threes, Canisius is an even 3-3, while Quinnipiac has a losing record of 1-4.

Canisius ranks 41st in the nation with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.43. Quinnipiac is ranked lower at 284th with an A/TO of .83.

Quinnipiac, the 20th-ranked team in rebounding, registers an average of 44.2 rebounds per game. Canisius ranks 74th with 40.7.

Quinnipiac ranks third in offensive rebounding, placing it among the best in the nation. Canisius ranks a poor 238th in defensive rebounds.

Canisius has forced an average turnover percentage of 16.3% this season. Quinnipiac has a losing 1-4 record when its TO% is 16.3% or higher.

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