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Game Day: (2-0) Canisius

The Griffins look to avenge their blowout loss to the Bonnies last season at the RC this afternoon. 

The Opponent: Canisius (2-0)

Probable Starting Lineup:
PG-Jaylen Adams, Fr.
G- Andell Cumberbatch, Sr.
G- Marcus Posley, Jr.
F- Dion Wright, Jr.
C- Youssou Ndoye, Sr.

Injuries/Suspensions: Jordan Gathers (hip)- Doubtful. Denzel Gregg (Game 3 of 6 game suspension)

Essentials: 4PM, @ Reilly Center, Video via www.Gobonnies.com stream.

Series History: Bonnies lead the series 97-65. This is the 163rd meeting between the two schools.

Vegas Says: Bonnies -7.

Stat Fact: These two teams have split meetings the last 18 seasons and have alternated wins every year since 2005. This is the first time since 1997-1999 that the Bonnies have hosted back to back games vs. Canisius.

Bona Nation Fan Pulse Says:  This is a game SBU needs to win early in the season. Losing at home to Siena on Wednesday night was somewhere between a bad loss and an acceptable one because the Saints are a halfway decent team. Canisius is not. The Golden Griffins may be 2-0 but they were picked to finish second to last in the MAAC by Blue Ribbon Previews (the preview God’s of college basketball) mostly because they’ve lost Billy Baron and three other major contributors. Yes, it’s a rivalry game. But that doesn’t mean it has to be a close game. If the Bonnies shoot the ball well and finally defend for 40 minutes this game could be a blowout similar to last season. Now, they have to go out and make that happen. Obviously, for alums in Western NY this is a must win game. No one wants to lose to Canisius to begin with. To lose to them at home given their massive roster turn over would be a nightmare and an RPI crippling loss for the Bonnies. This is a must win from that stand point.

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A member of the class of 2008, Nolan spent four years as a student assistant with the program. He has written professionally for such outlets as espn.com/insider, Athlon Sports Magazines, Cox Sports Online and Blue Ribbon Previews. Ian was named one of the “140 Personalities to Follow in College Basketball” on twitter by The Sporting News.