Canisius vs Elon Preview

Canisius vs Elon Prediction
(Canisius Athletics)

After taking 11 days off for final exams, the Canisius men’s basketball team returns to action Sunday afternoon with a non-conference road game at Elon.

This marks the first time Canisius and Elon have played on Elon’s campus. Two of the previous three meetings between these schools were in Buffalo, including last year’s 67-51 victory by the Griffs.

Junior Isaiah Reese was credited with his first double-double of the season (fifth in his career) Dec. 5 against Robert Morris when he scored 10 points while matching a career-high with 12 rebounds.

That stat-line is somewhat deceiving as Reese is still struggling with his game–specifically his confidence. During that Robert Morris game, Reese was passing up wide open shots continuously. I counted four three-point shots he passed up an open look and three more wide open layups—some of those resulted in assists to other members of the team, but last year I never saw the Isaiah pass up those shots.

Reese is shooting just 34 percent from the floor and 25 percent from three-point land this season.

In comparison, he shot 58 percent from the floor last year and 36 percent from three.

A drastic change that hopefully exam week helped correct.

The good news: Takal Molson is improving every game. He leads Canisius and ranks second in the MAAC with his 16.4 points per game scoring average this season. He was good for a team-high 14 points in the win over Robert Morris to extend his streak of scoring in double-figures to 11-straight games, dating back to the end of last year.

Like the Griffs, Elon is coming off an exam break of eight days and this game will conclude their five-game homestand.

The Phoenix has started its 2018-19 campaign with a 3-7 record, including a 2-4 mark in its first season inside the brand new Schar Center.

Elon has three players scoring in double figures. Tyler Seibring is Elon’s leading scorer (15.2 points) and rebounder (6.8 rebounds). Steven Santa Ana is second at 14.9 points while Sheldon Eberhardt is tallying 10.1 points per contest.

I’ve scouted Elon a few times this year and after watching three of their games this season, I have come to this conclusion:

The Phoenix are sound on both ends of the court and understand the college game–that is evident by their five seniors who have played in 437 games and made 209 starts. However, they lack the overall talent to play at a high level and do not measure up to the opposing sideline on most nights.

Elon was predicted to finish eighth in the league when the CAA released its preseason men’s basketball poll before the season.

They did beat a fellow MAAC team, Manhattan 62-56 in their season opener.

Prediction

LINE: -1.5

The RMU game was an ugly win for the Griffs, but a win is a win and it was needed before an 11-day break.

Elon does not pose any threats in my mind…but how will the teams come out after their lengthy breaks? Will Isaiah Reese want to shoot the ball?

I’m taking Canisius to win outright.

Canisius 73 Elon 64

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