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#851 Siena College 145 vs.
#852 Canisius -1
Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Blake V.

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Canisius snapped a six-game losing skid in its last game, but now the Golden Griffins will be looking to string together a pair of wins when they host Siena on Friday night at the Koessler Athletic Center. Siena enters with a 7-7 record, losing on the road to Manhattan in its most recent contest. The Saints picked up a 73-72 home win in the first meeting of the year against Canisius.

Saints playing well

Siena is just 7-7 on the season, but the Saints have won five of their last seven games. They started the year 2-5, losing to No. 19 Xavier, Harvard, Yale, Colgate and Cal Poly. Their wins came against American and St. Bonaventure. Since then, Siena has picked up wins against Bucknell, Canisius, Holy Cross, Monmouth and St. Peter’s. The Saints’ two losses in that stretch have come against Rider and Manhattan. The Jaspers shot 51 percent from the floor and 48 percent from beyond the arc in Sunday’s contest. Manhattan scored 48 points in the first half and led by 17 points at the intermission.

The Saints are led by a top-heavy lineup, with its four best players scoring at least 13.0 points per game and the rest of its players scoring less than 5.2 points per game. Sophomore guard Jalen Pickett leads the way with 15.5 points per game, 4.4 rebounds per game and 4.2 assists per outing. He has been one of the biggest perimeter threats on the team, making 25 of 70 from beyond the arc. Senior forward Elijah Burns is scoring 14.4 points per game and is grabbing 6.3 rebounds per game. Sophomore guard Donald Carey is adding 13.9 points per game and 2.4 dimes per contest. Junior wing Manny Camper is averaging a double-double, scoring 13.0 points per game and grabbing 11.5 rebounds per game.

Canisius led by sixth man

Canisius earned its first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference win of the season when it beat Saint Peter’s on Sunday. The Golden Griffins trailed by one point with 1:15 left in the game, but they made five free throws in the final minute to grab the win. Canisius entered the contest on a six-game losing skid, having dropped games to Buffalo, Siena, Pittsburgh, Manhattan, Fairfield and Monmouth in its previous stretch. The Golden Griffins had not won a game since Dec. 14 and were slated as 2.5-point underdogs in Sunday’s bout.

The Golden Griffins are led by junior guard Majesty Brandon, who is scoring 12.8 points per game and is grabbing 4.1 rebounds per game. Brandon has come off the bench in all but two games this season. He leads the team in made 3-pointers, connecting on 24 of 79 from beyond the arc. Senior guard Malik Johnson is scoring 12.7 points per game and is dishing out a team-high 5.6 assists per game. Johnson is also pulling down 6.0 rebounds per contest. Junior forward Scott Hitchon is scoring 10.8 points per game and is grabbing 3.2 rebounds per game. He has the best outside shooting percentage on the roster, making 38.9 percent of his 36 attempts from long range.

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I am taking Siena to grab the road win in this game. The Saints have become undervalued in the betting market due to their recent 0-6 against-the-spread run. Despite their woes as far as covering the number, Siena has won five of its last seven and is playing well. Canisius is coming off a close, emotional win and has only won one of its last seven contests. The Golden Griffins do not have the weapons necessary to slow down a very balanced Siena team. If one player has an off-night, someone else is going to step up for the Saints.

Prediction: Siena -1

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Siena’s offense has really not been an issue in recent weeks. The Saints have been winning games due to a balanced lineup that produces points. They have had five of their last seven games go over the total. Canisius has also been an over team lately, with five of its last six contests going over the number. The Golden Griffins play very quickly, coming in at No. 42 in KenPom’s adjusted tempo ratings. I like this one to go over the total on Friday night.

Prediction: Over 145
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Written By Blake V.

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint.