Fairfield vs Marist Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/1/24

Marist (15-10) vs Fairfield (18-10)

Game Info: Friday, March 1, 2024 at 7:00 pm (McCann Center)

Betting Odds: Marist -1.5 - Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Marist Red Wolves will host the Fairfield Stags for a Metro League matchup this Friday from the McCann Center on ESPNU. Marist enters as narrow home favorites, and the total hovers 136.5. Stay tuned for our Fairfield vs Marist Prediction. 

Fairfield Rundown: Can the Stags Complete The Mission?

Fairfield improved to 18-10 after defeating Siena at home, 88-64. The Stags controlled both halves to beat the Saints, and they’ll seek a fourth straight win here against the Red Wolves. Fairfield is scoring 77.0 points per game, on 45.5% shooting, while allowing 71.8 ppg, and they’re currently first in the Metro League with a 12-5 record in conference play. 

Fairfield’s X-Factors

  • Senior guard Jalen Leach has been very effective since struggling in the road loss to Niagara last month, and after hitting the 22-point mark in five of the last seven games, he leads Fairfield in scoring (15.9). 
  • Veteran guard Caleb Fields has matched his energy by going for 18 points or higher in five of his previous six outings, and he’s averaging an identical 15.7 ppg.
  • Versatile guard Jasper Floyd scored 20 points in last week’s win over Rider, and he leads the Stags in rebounding (6.0) and assists (4.7), while scoring 9.7 ppg. 

Marist Rundown: Will the Red Wolves Play Spoiler?

Marist moved to 15-10 after losing to Saint Peter’s in Jersey City, 69-60. The Red Wolves watched the Peacocks march back in the second half, and they’ll look to avenge a January loss to the Stags this Friday. Marist is scoring 65.0 points per game, on 44.4% shooting, while allowing 61.9 ppg, and they’re currently 4th in the Metro League with a 10-6 record in conference play.

Marist’s X-Factors

  • Sophomore center Max Allen III led the way with 15 points in the Manhattan victory, and he leads Marist in scoring (11.9), while grabbing 3.8 rpg. 
  • Freshman guard Josh Pascarelli went for a team-high 15 points in the win over Canisius, and he’s second on the team at 10.9 ppg. 
  • San Diego native Isaiah Brickner matched his energy with 15 points versus the Golden Griffins, and he leads the Red Wolves in rebounding (4.8). 

Fairfield vs Marist Trends

  • Fairfield leads the all-time series, 43-27, after winning four consecutive meetings.  
  • FAI is 12-15 against the spread, with a 12-15 over/under record
  • The Stags are 5-5 over their last ten games, and they’re 5-10 on the road this season. 
  • MAR is 14-13 against the spread, with a 13-14 O/U record
  • The Red Wolves are 6-4 over their previous ten games, and they’re 7-4 in Newark this season. 

Fairfield vs Marist Prediction

Fairfield will enter their toughest matchup left on the board, and this feels like a spot to trust their momentum here against Marist. The Stags have been sharp overall since opening the campaign with a 1-6 record, winning 17 of their previous 21 games, and they’ve truly been the best team in the conference this season. The Red Wolves have won five of their last six contests themselves, but with the visitors in prime position to lift a regular season trophy, they may end up dropping a second straight game. Spot Fairfield the points for this Metro League battle.

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