Canisius vs Mount St. Mary's Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for January 2 (Golden Griffins' Losing Streak Builds)

By Duel Staff
Canisius vs Mount St. Mary's prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Canisius vs Mount St. Mary's prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photos/James Crisp
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Canisius vs Mount St. Mary's Game Info

  • 2022-23 NCAA Basketball Regular Season Game
  • Canisius (2-10, 0-3 MAAC) vs. Mount St. Mary's (5-9, 1-2 MAAC)
  • Date: Monday, January 2, 2023
  • Time: 3:00 PM ET
  • Venue: Gallagher Center -- Lewiston, New York

The 2022-23 college basketball season continues on Monday with an intriguing matchup between the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers and Canisius Golden Griffins. Mount St. Mary's fell short in a 67-55 loss to Niagara on Saturday and has dropped three in a row. Dakota Leffew racked up 19 points.

Meanwhile, Canisius couldn't keep up in a 66-64 loss to Rider on Saturday. Jordan Henderson scored 17 points to go along with 6 rebounds, while Xzavier Long chipped in with 14 points and 9 rebounds. The Golden Griffins have now tallied nine losses in a row and cannot seem to find their footing.

Canisius vs Mount St. Mary's Odds & Spread

Canisius enters this contest as slight home favorites on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 3 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 134.5 points, which is about average compared to Monday's projected totals.

Canisius vs Mount St. Mary's Betting Trends

  • Canisius has five wins in 11 games against the spread this season.
  • Canisius has seen seven of its 11 games hit the over.
  • Mount St. Mary's has beaten the spread six times in 13 games.
  • Against the spread as 2.5-point underdogs or greater, the Mountaineers are 5-3.
  • There have been eight Mount St. Mary's games (out of 13) that went over the total this season.
Canisius Rank Canisius AVG Mount St. Mary's AVG Mount St. Mary's Rank
179th 72.2 Points Scored 64.1 338th
342nd 77.3 Points Allowed 65.4 97th
195th 32.3 Rebounds 30.8 263rd
26th 11.3 Off. Rebounds 8.6 201st
14th 10.0 3pt Made 6.6 267th
70th 15.3 Assists 13.7 165th
183rd 12.4 Turnovers 13.3 270th

Canisius vs Mount St. Mary's Prediction & Pick

This game will be all about defense. Mount St. Mary's ranks 300th in points per game (64.4) and 271st in shooting percentage (41.6%), yet has won five games on the year. That is because it ranks 144th in defensive efficiency and forces 13.6 turnovers per game (No. 129 in NCAA). That is a great upgrade.

On the other side, Canisius has not found one area in which it excels in through 12 games played. The Golden Griffins rank 332nd in shooting percentage and 339th in opponent points per game (79.5). They are getting routinely beat on both ends of the floor and I don't see that stopping on Monday.

Home-court advantage is not enough to back a Canisius team that is in the midst of a brutal losing streak.

Final Score Prediction: Canisius: 65 | Mount St. Mary's: 68

Canisius vs Mount St. Mary's Best Bet

Backing Mount St. Mary's as an underdog is the way to go here. The Mountaineers are 5-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last seven away games and 7-0 ATS in their last seven games played in January. Head coach Dan Engelstad has his played playing with enough aggressiveness on defense to win.

Canisius has come so close to pulling out amazing wins during its losing streak, but an inability to come up clutch down the stretch has to be concerning. The Golden Griffins are now 2-5 ATS in their last seven Monday home games and just don't have the talent on defense to finally end the streak.

Bet: Mount St. Mary's +2.5 (-104)

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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