A five-game home winning streak is on the line for the Saint Peter’s Peacocks (12-11, 9-5 MAAC) when they meet the Fairfield Stags (10-14, 6-7 MAAC) at Yanitelli Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 16, 2020.
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In the Stags’ last outing, they defeated the Marist Red Foxes, 57-53. Taj Benning was the game’s leading scorer with 15 points on 3-for-10 shooting. Fairfield dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 32.5 (above their season average of 30.5) and a free throw rate of 0.333 (above their season average of 0.232). Marist was 20.0 and 0.207, respectively, for those same stats.
The Peacocks come in on a high note after topping the Quinnipiac Bobcats in their last outing, 84-72. Saint Peter’s was led by Daryl Banks III, who finished with 18 points. Saint Peter’s played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.640 (above their season average of 0.460) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.0 (below their season average of 35.6). For those same stats, Quinnipiac was 0.538 and 21.9, respectively.
Saint Peter’s should have the edge on the defensive side of the ball. The Peacocks currently rank 83rd in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.469), while Fairfield is 345th in effective field goal percentage (0.446). Ball security could be troublesome for the Stags. They rank 331st at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 22.3 percent), while the Peacocks force the 47th-most turnovers in the nation (opponents’ turnover percentage of 22.3 percent).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Stags won 61-51. The Stags dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.292 and an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 36.7. For those same stats, the Peacocks were 0.130 and 27.8, respectively. Benning was the game’s leading scorer with 15 points.
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College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Saint Peter’s, ATS Winner – Saint Peter’s, O/U – Over
The Stags rank 34th in rebounds allowed per game (31.7) while the Peacocks rank 65th (32.9).
Saint Peter’s ranks 246th in assists per game (10.5) while Fairfield ranks 262nd (9.3).
Saint Peter’s ranks 49th in steals per game (7.7) while Fairfield ranks 207th (5.3).
The Peacocks rank 43rd in blocks per game (4.3) while the Stags rank 146th (2.8).
Saint Peter’s ranks 244th in three pointers attempted per game (18.6) while Fairfield ranks 293rd (15.7).
The Peacocks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.0, up from 1.3 for the season.
During their last five games, the Stags have scored an average of 53.4 points per game (6.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 63.4 points per game (0.1 below their season average).