Last Updated: 2017-03-06
It will be a matchup between two of the nation’s top scoring defenses when the Marist Red Foxes (4-12) take on the Fairfield Stags (9-9). The game gets underway at 7:00 pm ET on Friday, Jan. 22 and will air on ES3.
The Red Foxes lost to Saint Peter’s 76-67 the last time they played. Khallid Hart was the game’s high scorer, finishing with 25 points. The Stags are coming off a 77-71 loss to that same Saint Peter’s squad in their last outing. Jonathan Kasibabu had a solid game, recording his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Brian Parker has really been playing well as of late for the Red Foxes, averaging 19.0 points, 7.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.0 steal, and 0.6 three-pointers over the last five games.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is 158 points. The Red Foxes are looking to improve on their records of 4-12 Straight Up (SU) and 6-4-1 Against The Spread (ATS).
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Across the court, the Stags head into the game with records of 5-8 ATS and 9-9 SU. Fairfield has been particularly bad ATS over its past 10 matchups, going 2-5. They sport the 35th-ranked scoring offense in the country, averaging 77.3 points per game. The Stags are an excellent long-range shooting team with 173 three-point shots made (9.0 per game), ranking 33rd in Division I.
This game marks the first time these teams will play this season. The last time these conference rivals played, Marist won, but Fairfield still leads the head-to-head record over their most recent games, 7-3 SU. The teams have an even record ATS, 5-5. Fairfield topped the Red Foxes in three key areas (field goals, rebounds, and three-pointers) twice over the last five matchups. Marist has never had the edge in all three categories.
Predictions: SU Winner – Fair, ATS Winner – Fair, O/U – Over
Fairfield is 3-15 SU in its last 18 games on the road.
Fairfield is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing on the road against Marist.
Marist is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home.
Marist is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games when playing Fairfield.
The Marist Red Foxes and Fairfield Stags both hold losing records against teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Marist sits at 1-6 in these matchups and Fairfield has a 3-5 record.
Fairfield scores 77.3 points per away game (ranked 35th). Marist ranks a poor 316th in points allowed at home, allowing 76.6 points.
Marist has an average field goal percentage of 43.1%. Fairfield is a losing 3-6 when opponents have a similar or higher field goal percentage.
The Marist Red Foxes and the Fairfield Stags both rank higher in average effective field goal percentage when compared to their field goal percentages. Marist is 229th and 138th in the nation for FG% and eFG% respectively, while Fairfield is 161st and 88th in these categories.
Fairfield ranks 59th in assists, recording 15.8 per game. Marist performs worse at 292nd with 11.7 assists per game.
On average, Marist makes 5.2 steals per game. Fairfield is a poor 4-7 when it gives up at least 5 steals.