Fairfield vs Canisius Preview and Prediction
Fairfield vs Canisius Preview
The Canisius men’s basketball team will close out its three-game MAAC homestand on Monday when the team takes on Fairfield in the Koessler Athletic Center. The Golden Griffins have won 13 of their last 15 games dating back to Dec. 19, and enter Monday’s game with an overall record of 17-9 to go with an 11-2 mark in MAAC action. This marks the first time in program history where Canisius has started league play with an 11-2 record.
Get to know Fairfield
Fairfield comes into tonight’s game with an overall record of 10-14 to go with a 5-8 league mark which is good for 7th place in the MAAC standings. The Stags saw their three-game win streak snapped Saturday with a 95-83 loss at Niagara.
Senior Tyler Nelson leads the MAAC and ranks 19th nationally with his 21.6 points per game scoring average. In league games, the 2017-18 MAAC Preseason Player of the Year is good for 22.1 points per contest. Nelson and teammate Ferron Flavors, Jr., have combined to make 142 three-point field goals this season. Nelson is tied for first in the MAAC in three-point field goal makes per game, while Flavors, Jr., ranks third.
Fairfield hits 9.2 three-point field goals per game, which ranks third in the league. In MAAC games, the Stags are good for 10.2 three-pointers per contest, which s tops in the conference.
As a team, Fairfield ranks fifth in the MAAC in scoring average at 75.5 points per game. Defensively, the Stags allow 78.1 points per game, which ranks ninth in the league.
Last time versus Fairfield
BUFFALO, N.Y. (Feb. 24, 2017) – Fairfield’s Tyler Nelson’s 3-pointer at the buzzer helped lead the visiting Stags to a 58-55 win over Canisius in the Koessler Athletic Center. The buzzer-beating loss was the Golden Griffins’ first since Jan. 11, 2013. Nelson led all Fairfield scorers in the win with 17 points. Former Canisius forward Phil Valenti scored a game-high 23 points to go with a career-best 13 rebounds in the loss, while former guard Kassius Robertson chipped in 15 points and eight rebounds. Canisius shot just 36.5 percent from the field and 16.0 percent from 3-point land, as the Blue and Gold ended the night shooting 4-for-25 from behind the three-point arc. The four three-point makes for Canisius in that loss matched a season-low for the Griffs.
- Tonight’s game will mark the 84th all-time meeting between these two Jesuit schools, with Fairfield holding a 47-36 lead in the series.
- This will be the 27th time these two schools have played in the Koessler Athletic Center, with Fairfield leading that portion of the series by a 14-12 count.
Mr. Walking Triple-Double
Canisius’ sophomore Isaiah Reese may only have one career triple-double to his name (the only one in Griffs history) but every game he is seemingly in the conversation to notch another one in his belt. In the win over Quinnipiac, Reese scored 13 points, hauled in 10 rebounds and dished out 7 assists. On the season he is averaging 16.3 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game. His improvement from his freshman year to now is unbelievable.
Reese could be the most talented player on the team, but senior Jermaine Crumpton is the model of consistency. Crumpton scored a team-high 14 points against Quinnipiac and has scored in double figures in 22 consecutive games and 75 total in his Golden Griffins career. He is averaging 20.6 points at home this season. Last game, ‘Crump’ moved past former Griffs great Hank Nowak for eighth on the school’s career scoring list Saturday with his 1,460 points.
The Griffs have done a great job in conference play and have already locked up a first round bye during the conference tournament in Albany. Reggie Witherspoon will not allow his kids to look past this matchup with Fairfield however. Tyler Nelson is force to be reckoned with and can go off for 30 points at any moment. As long as the Griffs play sound defense on the potential MAAC Player of the Year, the Griffs should come away with the victory. I would not lay the points for Canisius this game, but I expect them to win outright.
LINE: -7 Canisius
Canisius 77 Fairfield 74
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