In a highly competitive MAAC, the Manhattan Jaspers and Canisius Golden Griffins find themselves at the bottom of the conference standings and are looking to rise up as the two square off in Buffalo on Friday.
Manhattan Jaspers vs. Canisius Golden Griffins (-8, 143)
Both teams field defenses that have plenty of weaknesses with both Canisius and Manhattan ranking 200th and 266th in the country in points allowed on a per-possession basis, respectively.
The root cause of Manhattan’s defensive woes is related to its guard play — ranking 291st in opponent 3-point shooting percentage and 356th in assists per possession allowed.
This should aid a Canisius offense that needs to a get-right game considering it has failed to exceed 70 points in regulation (including overtime) in seven straight games.
Despite the recent offensive funk and an injury to second-leading scorer Siem Uijtendaal, the Golden Griffins rank 133rd in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage and 43rd in offensive rebound rate at home, grabbing offensive rebounds 34.7% of the time.
Both teams also playing at similar tempos with Canisius ranking 156th out of the Division I teams in possessions per game while Manhattan is just a bit faster at 117th.
Coupled with the tempo leading to more possessions for each team, neither team will force turnovers, either, with Canisius and Manhattan ranking 241st and 251st in turnovers forced per play on defense, respectively.
With Manhattan having allowed at least 70 points in 13 of its last 14 games against Division I opponents and Canisius having surrendered at least 70 points in 11 of its last 13 games, these two struggling offenses will find their groove on Friday.
The Play: Manhattan vs. Canisius Over 143