Marist vs. Fairfield - 2/14/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Marist vs. Fairfield - 2/14/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Fairfield Stags (9-14) at Marist Red Foxes (6-15)

College Basketball: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm (McCann Center)

The Line: Marist Red Foxes -3 -- Over/Under: 113

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The Fairfield Stags will travel to McCann Arena to take on the Marist Red Foxes this Friday night in College Basketball action.

The Fairfield Stags lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 9-14 (5-7 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Iowa Gaels, 78-54, this past Sunday. Fairfield struggled on both ends of the court agianst the Gaels and couldn’t fight back after Iona used a 9-0 run to take a 54-39 lead with 10:19 left in regulation. Fairfield shot just 25.0% from beyond the arc while allowing Iona to shoot 57.4% from the field and 52.6% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the for the Stags was Vincent Eze who had 14 points, 7 rebounds, and an assist.

On the season, Fairfield is averaging 59.7 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Stags are averaging 4.9 three-pointers per game on 31.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Fairfield has been led by Landon Taliaferro (12.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg), Jesus Cruz (11.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg), and Taj Benning (9.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.3 apg).

Defensively, Fairfield is holding their opponents to an average of 64.0 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Stags have a rebound margin of 2.8 and a turnover margin of -2.1.

The Marist Red Foxes improved to 6-15 (5-7 MAAC) after defeating the Saint Peter’s Peacocks, 72-61, this past Friday. Marist went into halftime with a 37-28 lead and had no trouble cruising to victory in the 2nd half after an 11-0 Red Foxes run gave Marist a 58-40 lead with just 5:37 left in regulation. Fairfield shot 45.5% from the field while holding Saint Peter’s to just 15.0% (3-20) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Red Foxes was Jordan Jones who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block, and 1 steal.

On the season, Marist is averaging 60.7 ppg on 38.8% shooting from the field. The Red Foxes are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Marist has been led by Michael Cubbage (10.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.5 spg), Tyler Sagl (9.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg), and Matthew Herasme (8.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 spg).

Defensively, Marist is holding their opponents to an average of 66.0 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Red Foxes have a rebound margin of -1.3 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

Fairfield is 2-10 ATS in road games off a loss agianst a conference rival over the last three seasons

The Stags are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games on the road. Marist is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games at home.

Marist has won 4 of their last 6 games, however, similar to Fairfield, has really struggled on the offensive end and currently rank just 341st in scoring offense & 343rd in FG%.

Marist came into Fairfield earlier this season as double-digit underdogs and pulled off a surprising 70-58 victory and between the fact that they’ve played well at home as of late (wins against both Manhattan & Saint Peter’s) and that I think their defense will give the Stags trouble again, I’m taking Marist to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Marist Red Foxes -3

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