MAAC foes will clash when the Fairfield Stags (7-11, 3-4 MAAC) meet the Canisius Golden Griffins (8-11, 3-5 MAAC) at Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 26, 2020.
Canisius Golden Griffins vs. Fairfield Stags ATS Preview
The last time the Golden Griffins played, they lost a close one to the Iona Gaels, 69-66. Canisius’ Majesty Brandon recorded 19 points in the game. Iona did a terrific job of making free throws (10-12; 83.3 percent). Canisius, meanwhile, had a better effective field goal percentage (0.518 vs. 0.518).
The Stags are trying to rebound after their 81-67 loss to the Quinnipiac Bobcats in their last game. Landon Taliaferro led Fairfield in scoring with 21 points on 7-for-19 shooting. Quinnipiac did a fantastic job of making free throws (17-21; 81.0 percent). Fairfield, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 7.6 (better than their season average of 19.5).
This has potential to be an error-filled game for the offense of Fairfield. Fairfield ranks 313th in the nation in ball protection (turnover percentage of 21.6 percent), while the pesky defense of Canisius forces the 34th-most turnovers in the country (23.4 percent).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Stags won 46-42. Fairfield had a better effective field goal percentage (0.402 vs. 0.316). Canisius, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (17.6 vs. 24.5). Scott Hitchon scored a game-high 19 points.
Canisius Golden Griffins at Fairfield Stags ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Fairfield, ATS Winner – Canisius, O/U – Under
The Golden Griffins rank 212th in three pointers attempted per game (19.7) while the Stags rank 285th (16.2).
Canisius ranks 68th in assists per game (14.6) while Fairfield ranks 244th (10.1).
The Golden Griffins rank 44th in steals per game (8.0) while the Stags rank 196th (5.1).
Fairfield ranks 36th in rebounds allowed per game (31.7) while Canisius ranks 146th (35.4).
The Stags’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 3.0, up from 2.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Golden Griffins have scored an average of 74.2 points per game (3.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 74.0 points per game (2.8 above their season average).