Fairfield at Manhattan: 3/4/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Fairfield at Manhattan: 3/4/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Manhattan Jaspers (6-11) vs Fairfield Stags (6-15)

Game Info: Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm (Draddy Gymnasium)

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The Fairfield Stags will travel to Draddy Gymnasium to take on the Manhattan Jaspers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Fairfield Stags snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 6-15 on the season after defeating the Canisius Golden Griffiths, 66-53, on February 20th. Fairfield dominated Canisius from the start in this one and had no trouble pulling away in the 2nd half after taking a 49-33 lead with 11:12 left in regulation. Fairfield shot 41.0% from the field and 20.0% from beyond the arc while Canisius shot 33.9% from the field and 22.7% from beyond the arc. Fairfield was outrebounded by Canisius by a 44-31 margin while each team committed 13 turnovers. Leading the way for the Stags was Jake Wojcik who had 16 points, 6 rebounds, & 1 assist.

On the season, Fairfield is averaging 61.1 ppg on 39.7% shooting from the field. The Stags are averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game on 30.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Fairfield has been led by Jake Wojcik (12.9 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.0 apg), Taj Benning (12.1 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.4 apg), Jesus Cruz (8.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg), & Caleb Green (7.6 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.8 apg).

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Defensively, Fairfield is allowing their opponents to average 68.5 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Stags have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of -2.4.

The Manhattan Jaspers lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 6-11 on the season after being defeated by the Siena Saints, 64-56, this past Saturday. Manhattan led by a 27-21 margin at halftime, however, the Jaspers struggled on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and could not fight back after the Saints took a 57-49 lead with 2:26 left in regulation. Manhattan shot 36.7% from the field and 17.6% from beyond the arc while Siena shot 42.0% from the field and 28.6% from beyond the arc. Manhattan outrebounded Siena by a 37-34 margin, however, lost the turnover battle by a 14-12 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Jaspers was Elijah Buchanan who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, & 2 steals.

On the season, Manhattan is averaging 63.2 ppg on 37.0% shooting from the field. The Jaspers are averaging 6.0 three-pointers per game on 26.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Manhattan has been led by Anthony Nelson (13.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.1 apg), Elijah Buchanan (11.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.3 bpg), Warren Williams (10.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.6 bpg), & Samir Stewart (9.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.6 spg).

Defensively, Manhattan is holding their opponents to an average of 67.2 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Jaspers have a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of 0.8.

The Stags are 7-15 ATS in their last 22 games overall and 2-14 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win. The Jaspers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, however, are just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 home games following three ore more consecutive road games.

Fairfield picked up a much-needed win and has been playing better as of late, winning 4 of their last 7 games, despite being quite limited on the offensive end as the Stags come into this game ranked just 333rd in scoring offense & 324th in FG%. Manhattan played Siena tough recently, however, the Jaspers have lost 7 of their last 8 games and have also struggled offensively this season as they come into this game ranks just 324th in scoring offense & 337th in FG%. This should be a low-scoring game and as I think this game will come down to the final possession, I think the play here is to take Fairfield and the points. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Fairfield Stags +5.5

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