Canisius vs. Iona: Full Game Preview
|Canisius||B Baron 16.6||C Manhertz 8.8||B Baron 5.1|
|Iona||L Jones 23.2||D Laury 10.1||L Jones 3.6|
Iona meets Canisius in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament at MassMutal Center on Saturday. Tipoff occurs at 4:30 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN3.com. The Gaels fell to the Golden Griffins 77-74 on Feb. 2 and are 7-3 against them over the last four years.
The 16 points by Lamont Jones helped the Gaels to an 80-61 cakewalk over Siena on Mar. 3. With 23.2 points per game and 3.6 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. For the Golden Griffins, Billy Baron put up 14 points in the 65-61 loss to Rider on Mar. 2. He leads the team in points with 16.6 per game and assists with 5.1 per game. One category in which Canisius is especially proficient is effective field goal percentage at 52.6, ranking first in their conference (and 42nd nationally).
- Since 1998, Iona has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Canisius (one vs. zero).
- Iona has more wins over the last 5 years than Canisius (112 vs. 70).
- Iona has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (61.7 percent to 41.8 percent).
- Iona has a potent offense, scoring more points (81.2 per game vs. 72.6 per game) than Canisius this season.
- New Rochelle isn't as congested as Buffalo (population is significantly lower).
- Sean Armand is ranked 3rd in the MAAC in points and 6th nationally in three-pointers.
- Iona has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Canisius (two vs. zero).
- Iona has a better record at home than Canisius this season (11-1 vs. 11-3).
- Diaper Dandies love Iona. Iona has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Canisius (2 vs. 0).
- The Iona steals leader (Tavon Sledge, 38 steals) has more steals than the Canisius steals leader (Jordan Heath, 29 steals).