MAAC Quarterfinal: Canisius vs Quinnipiac Preview and Prediction
Canisius vs Quinnipiac Preview
The Canisius men’s basketball team, the 2017-18 MAAC co-regular season champions, will open play at the MAAC Basketball Championship on Friday, March 2 when the Golden Griffins take on Quinnipiac in the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. The quarterfinal game is set to tipoff at 9:30 p.m., and will be broadcast live on ESPN3. Canisius is the No. 2 seed in this year’s tournament, while the Bobcats are the seventh seed. Quinnipiac advanced to the quarterfinal round with a 67-58 win over Siena Thursday night.
Canisius is 21-10 overall to go with a 15-3 in league record after the Golden Griffins beat Marist Feb. 25. The 21 wins ties the program record for regular-season victories and the 15 conference wins are a new school record.
The Griffs are the No. 2 seed in the MAAC Championship for the third time in school history and for the first time since 2001.
The Griffs had three players earn All-MAAC honors on Monday, the most for the team since 2006-07. Jermaine Crumpton and Isaiah Reese are the first Canisius duo to be named All-MAAC First Team since the 1995-96 campaign.
Freshman Takal Molson is the 11th player in school history to be voted to the MAAC All-Rookie Team.
Last time versus Quinnipiac
BUFFALO, N.Y. (Feb. 8, 2018) – All 10 Canisius players scored at least two points, led by senior Jermaine Crumpton’s team-high 14, and sophomore Isaiah Reese recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10
rebounds and the Golden Griffins defeated Quinnipiac 71-64 on Hall of Fame Day in the Koessler Athletic
Center. Reese added seven assists and two steals to his double-double effort, while fellow sophomore Malik
Johnson chipped in 10 points, highlighted by an 8-for-8 effort from the free-throw line in the final 1:31 to seal
the victory. Canisius shot 40.7 percent from the field and turned 16 Quinnipiac turnovers into 23 points. The
Griffs broke the game open midway through the second half with a 7-0 run over the span of 2:47 that turned
a one-point Quinnipiac lead into a 45-37 advantage for Canisius. Quinnipiac senior Cameron Young scored
a game-high 16 points in the loss, while fellow senior Chaise Daniels posted 13 points to become the 39th
player in Quinnipiac program history to reach the famed 1,000-career point milestone.
Get to know Quinnipiac
Quinnipiac comes into tonight’s game with an 11-20 overall record to go with a 7-11 MAAC mark. The Bobcats snapped a three-game losing skid by defeating Siena 67-58 Thursday night in the MAAC Championship first round. As a team, Quinnipiac is good for 71.9 points per game, which is eighth in the MAAC. Defensively, the Bobcats allow 77.0 points per game, which is seventh in the league. Senior guard Cameron Young, an All-MAAC Second Team selection, leads the Bobcat offense in scoring with his 18.7 points per game. He’s also the team’s top rebounder with 6.7 rebounds per contest. Freshman Rich Kelly, a MAAC All-Rookie Team honoree, leads the team and ranks fifth in the MAAC in assists per game average at 4.7 per contest. He had a team-high 18 points in the win over Siena on Thursday.
- This will be the 11th all-time meeting between these two schools, with Canisius holding a 7-3 lead in the series.
- Canisius swept Quinnipiac during the 2017-18 regular season, the Griffs second sweep in the series’ history. The Griffs won those two games this year by a total of 15 points.
- This will mark the first postseason meeting between these two schools. After tonight, the Griffs will have played at least one MAAC Championship game against all 10 current members of the conference.
I believe the Griffs are the most talented, well-rounded team in the MAAC–Quinnipiac is their first opponent in what should be a lengthy tournament run.
LINE: -9 Canisius
Canisius 81 Quinnipiac 70