Canisius vs Albany Preview and Prediction
Canisius vs Albany Preview
After a week off for final exams, the Canisius men’s basketball team returns to action Saturday night when the Golden Griffins travel to play at Albany. Game time in the SEFCU Arena is set for 7 p.m. Canisius is coming off a 65-58 loss at Evansville last Saturday. In that game, Canisius shot a season-low 37.7 percent from the field, but the Griffs ended up holding the nation’s top 3-point shooting team to just 14.3 percent (1-for-7) from behind the arc.
Canisius and Albany are meeting for the second-straight season and for the fourth time in series history. The Griffs are 2-1 all-time in this series, where the home team has won all three contests.
The Griffs lead the MAAC and ranks 67th nationally in field goal percentage, with the team shooting 47.9 percent from the field for the season. The Griffs rank sixth in the country in traditional two-point field goal percentage, as the Blue and Gold is shooting 60.7 percent from inside the three-point arc.
Albany comes into tonight’s game with an overall record of 10-2. The Great Danes saw their four-game winning streak snapped Dec. 12 with a 67-58 road loss at Memphis.
Albany is ranked fourth in the most recent CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25 poll.
The Great Danes have played three MAAC opponents already in the non-conference portion of their slate. They are 2-1 in those games, most recently defeating Siena 74-69 on the road Dec. 9.
As a team, Albany ranks 14th nationally with a +10.0 rebounding margin. The team’s 458 total rebounds is tops in America East and 11th best in the country.
Key Players for Canisius
Sophomore guard Isaiah Reese is one of three players in the MAAC to rank among the league’s top-10 in scoring, rebounding and assists per game average. Reese has had a breakout season for the Griffs, he recorded the first triple-double in school history on Nov. 18 vs. Youngstown State. He scored a career-high 31 points vs. St. Bonaventure Dec. 6.
Reese not only leads Canisius in scoring (16.5 PPG), but the guard also leads the team in rebounding (6.6 RPG).
Senior forward Jermaine Crumpton was a Preseason All-MAAC first team selection and he has not disappointed this season. He is averaging 15.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game and is the leader of this young group.
Key Players for Albany
Junior Joe Cremo leads the team in scoring with his 17.9 points per game, which ranks third in American East. The reigning America East Player of the Week is shooting 53.8 percent from three-point land, having hit on 28-of-52 shots from behind the arc.
Junior David Nichols is good for 16.5 points and 3.7 assists per game for the Great Danes, while senior forward Greig Stire is the team’s leader with 7.8 rebounds per game, good for 129th in the nation.
The home team has won every game in this series and I don’t expect that to be different this time around. While Canisius has some great ball players in Reese, Crumpton, sophomore guard Malik Johnson and freshman Takal Molson–they do not have the bodies to hang down low with Albany in the post.
The Great Danes are one of the best rebounding teams in the country and will have a superior advantage on the glass in this game, and that will make the difference.
Albany 84 Canisius 77