MAAC foes will collide when the Marist Red Foxes (6-15, 5-7 MAAC) take on the Fairfield Stags (9-14, 5-7 MAAC) at the McCann Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Friday, February 14, 2020.
Fairfield Stags vs. Marist Red Foxes Free Preview
The Stags got blown out by the Iona Gaels in their last outing, 78-54. Fairfield’s Vincent Eze contributed 14 points and seven rebounds in the contest. Iona had an effective field goal percentage of 0.681 (above their season average of 0.494). Fairfield, on the other hand, forced the Gaels into a turnover percentage of 19.9 (above the 16.6 mark opponents have averaged against Fairfield this season).
In the Red Foxes’ previous outing, they defeated the Saint Peter’s Peacocks, 72-61. With 18 points on 7-for-13 shooting, Jordan Jones was the top scorer from either team. The Red Foxes forced 19 turnovers and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.527 (above their season average of 0.448).
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when two of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams square off. Marist currently ranks 288th in possessions per game (67.1) and Fairfield is 344th (64.7).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Red Foxes won 70-58. The Red Foxes dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a great offensive rebounding percentage of 32.4 and a turnover percentage of 14.7. The Stags had marks of 18.8 and 18.4, respectively, for those same stats. Taj Benning had a standout performance with 10 points and six assists.
Fairfield Stags vs. Marist Red Foxes ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Marist, ATS Winner – Marist, O/U – Over
The Red Foxes rank 86th in steals per game (7.0) while the Stags rank 102nd in steals allowed per game (6.3).
Marist ranks 258th in assists per game (9.9) while Fairfield ranks 263rd (9.4).
Fairfield ranks 35th in rebounds allowed per game (31.6) while Marist ranks 172nd (35.7).
The Red Foxes rank 178th in three pointers attempted per game (21.2) while the Stags rank 298th (15.5).
Marist ranks 10th in blocks allowed per game (2.2) while Fairfield ranks 69th (3.0).
The Red Foxes have outscored opponents by an average of 3.6 points in their last five games. On the season, Marist has been defeated by an average of 5.3 points.
During their last five games, the Stags have scored an average of 54.6 points per game (5.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.8 points per game (0.2 below their season average).