On Friday, Jan. 16, the Canisius Golden Griffins will travel from Western New York to Riverdale to play the Manhattan Jaspers.
This is the first conference rematch for both teams. In the first meeting, at Canisius, Manhattan defeated the Golden Griffins, 71-57. In the first meeting, Manhattan jumped out to an 8-2 lead and led the rest of the way. The Jaspers outscored the Golden Griffins 42-26 in the paint, an area where the Jaspers have had some trouble scoring.
In Buffalo, Rico Pickett scored what was then a career-high 21 points.
The Jaspers need to approach Friday's game in the same manner as they approached the first meeting, while Canisius needs to find a way to stop the Jaspers in the paint and get Frank Turner going early.
Keys for the Golden Griffins
Get Frank Turner Scoring Early
In the first meeting, Turner only scored seven points in the first half, and 13 in the game. He averages 17 points per game this season, and needs to play up to expectations if the Golden Griffins look to win.
Contain Rico Pickett
In the first meeting, Rico Pickett scored 21 points. Pickett has been red hot in the month of January, averaging 24.9 points per game. There have been points where Pickett is automatic. The Golden Griffins need to do everything they can to limit his scoring.
Keys for the Jaspers
Keep Rico Pickett Scoring
Pickett has carried the Jaspers on his back this month. The Jaspers will need the expected contribution from him to get a lead on Canisius. Also, Darryl Crawford scored 19 in the first meeting. The Jaspers will need an average effort from him.
Points in the Paint
The Jaspers dominated in the paint on both offense and defense in the first meeting, outscoring the Golden Griffins 42-26. Andrew Gabriel had a season-high 13 points, 10 of them coming in the paint.
Contain Frank Turner
Turner averages 17 points per game. The Jaspers limited his scoring back in December. Although they held Turner's scoring to a minimal amount, Turner still amounted six assists in the first contest. The Jaspers need to find a way on defense to keep Turner from finding his teammates.
Also, Frank Turner's weakness is turnovers. He averages close to four turnovers per game. The Jasper guards need to be aggressive on defense while guarding him.
My Prediction: Manhattan 79, Canisius 71
Tip-Off: Friday, Jan. 16, 7 PM
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