MAAC foes will clash when the Monmouth Hawks (17-12, 11-7 MAAC) take on the Fairfield Stags (11-18, 7-11 MAAC) at the OceanFirst Bank Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
Fairfield Stags at Monmouth Hawks ATS Preview
The Stags fell to the Rider Broncs in their last matchup, 65-51. Landon Taliaferro had a good performance for Fairfield, leading the team in scoring with 15 points on 5-for-12 shooting. Rider forced the Stags into a turnover percentage of 22.4 (above their season average of 18.3). Fairfield, on the other hand, held the Broncs to an offensive rebounding percentage of 16.1 (below their season average of 30.9).
In the Hawks’ previous outing, they blew out the Manhattan Jaspers, 80-60. With 18 points on 5-for-9 shooting, Deion Hammond was the game’s high scorer. Monmouth dominated every stat category in the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.490 (above their season average of 0.251) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.571 (above their season average of 0.469). For those same stats, Manhattan put up marks of 0.226 and 0.453, respectively.
It will be a battle of opposite paces as the up-and-down Hawks (ranked 51st in the country in possessions per game) will look to push the more methodical Stags (339th in possessions per game). Ball security could be troublesome for the Stags. They rank 316th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 21.4 percent), while the Hawks force the 36th-most turnovers in the nation (opponents’ turnover percentage of 22.6 percent).
These two teams have already met once this season. The Stags won 55-53. The Stags dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.311 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.456. The Hawks put up marks of 0.119 and 0.336, respectively, for those same stats. Wassef Methnani recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Fairfield Stags at Monmouth Hawks Free Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Monmouth, ATS Winner – Fairfield, O/U – Over
Monmouth ranks 145th in three pointers attempted per game (21.9) while Fairfield ranks 300th (15.3).
The Hawks’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.6, up from 0.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Stags have scored an average of 54.6 points per game (4.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 61.6 points per game (1.6 below their season average).