Canisius vs Fairfield Basketball Preview and Prediction
Canisius vs Fairfield Basketball Preview
Consistency has been the issue for both of these squads as Canisius (6-11, 3-2) stays on the road as they take on Fairfield (5-13, 2-4) at Alumni Hall in Fairfield, CT.
The Stags are coming off an embarrassing 17-point loss to Monmouth on Thursday, their second straight conference loss. It’s been a weird season for Fairfield, they were picked to finish around the middle-of-the-pack in the MAAC (7th place) and started out conference play with two straight losses, followed by two consecutive wins, only to lose the last two games.
Kasibabu is the most difficult challenge to the Griffs in this matchup though, due to his size and ability to dominate in the paint–something Canisius struggles against. The 6’8, 240-pound senior from the Congo averages nearly eight rebounds per game (7.9) and is shooting 58 percent from the floor.
For Canisius it’s been difficult to gain any momentum this season.
After a tumultuous non-conference schedule it seemed as if Canisius was beginning to look like the team that was picked to finish second in the MAAC with two consecutive road conference wins only to lose the following three games at home (two of those were conference games). The team went back on the road on Thursday and beat Quinnipiac, 65-63.
If anything, Canisius continues to defy logic.
The win over Quinnipiac was the first time this season I remember the Griffs being resilient at the end of the game. They have struggled playing in tight games, ultimately losing leads in the second half or at the end of the first half consistently. An 11-point halftime lead to Rider only to lose by nine points continued to stick in my mind during the game against the Bobcats.
Isaiah Reese and Takal Molson have looked better in conference play, although I contend they are still not back to the level they were playing at last season–and one would expect an improvement from one season to the next, right?
That being said, Canisius will likely be the road favorite in this game and look to maintain pace in the suddenly muddled MAAC standings. Outside of the undefeated Rider, Iona (3-1), Monmouth (4-2), Quinnipiac (3-2) and Canisius (3-2) all have very similar marks–add in the three teams at 2-3 and that adds even more to the mix.
UPDATE: Canisius is the road underdog by my surprise. Take the plus points and run.
LINE: -3 Fairfield
Dan’s Bet: +3 Canisius
Score Prediction: Canisius 68 Fairfield 64