Saint Peter's vs. Canisius - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Saint Peter's Peacocks (15-12) at Canisius Golden Griffins (10-18)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Koessler Athletic Center)
The Line: Canisius Golden Griffins -1 -- Over/Under: 134.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Saint Peter’s Peacocks (15-12, 12-6 CONF) and the Canisius Golden Griffins (10-18, 5-12 CONF) will meet on Saturday, February 29th for a MAAC matchup at the Koessler Athletic Center in Buffalo, NY. The game will be played at 2:00 PM eastern time.
Saint Peter’s is coming off a 63-54 road loss to Niagara in their last game. That loss snapped a five-game win streak for Saint Peter’s, who are among the top teams in the MAAC this season. Canisius is coming off an 86-65 home loss to Iona in their last game. Canisius has lost four of their last five games overall.
Saint Peter’s scores 66.6 points per game on 40.9 percent field goal shooting this season. Saint Peter’s leading scorer is G Doug Edert, who scores 8.1 points per game. The leading rebounder for Saint Peter’s is F Hassan Drame, who earns 5.4 rebounds per game. Saint Peter’s allows 64.3 points per game, therefore they have a +2.3 scoring differential so far this season. Saint Peter’s also earns 37.4 rebounds, 10.7 assists, 4.6 blocks, and 7.4 steals per game as a team.
Canisius scores 68.4 points per game on 43.6 percent field goal shooting this season. Canisius’ leading scorer is G Majesty Brandon, who scores 13.4 points per game. The leading rebounder for Canisius is G Malik Johnson, who earns 5.9 rebounds per game. Canisius gives up 71.2 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a -2.8 scoring differential so far this season. Canisius also earns 33.2 rebounds, 14.0 assists, 2.4 blocks, and 7.0 steals per game as a team.
Saint Peter’s is 19-8 against the spread this season and 8-2 against the spread in their last ten games. Saint Peter’s is also 10-4 against the spread on the road so far this season. Canisius is 13-12-3 against the spread this season and 2-6-2 against the spread in their last ten games. Canisius is also 4-7 against the spread at home so far this season.
I have to admit, I am a bit surprised at this opening line. Saint Peter's is fighting for the top seed in the MAAC while Canisius fans are fighting to stay awake this season. Saint Peter's is the far better team, so this line smells fishy. I will take Saint Peter's with my guard up.