The Fairfield Stags (2-7) and the Oakland Golden Grizzlies (5-7), who both like to play patient, will battle at Athletics Center Orena. Tip-off is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 21, 2019.
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The last time the Stags played, they lost to the William & Mary Tribe, 62-58. With 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting, Vincent Eze led Fairfield in scoring. William & Mary did a great job of making free throws (12-15; 80.0 percent). Fairfield, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (15.7 vs. 16.5).
The Golden Grizzlies are hoping for a better outcome after their 74-62 loss to the Syracuse Orange in their last outing. Brad Brechting led Oakland in scoring with 20 points on 6-for-7 shooting. Syracuse had a turnover percentage of 9.6 (better than their season average of 17.0). Oakland, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (20-24; 83.3 percent).
The Golden Grizzlies won the lone contest against the Stags last season, 87-86. Converting at the free throw line was one of Oakland’s biggest strengths. They were 21-24 (87.5 percent), while the Stags were 13-18 (72.2 percent).
Half-court execution will be at a premium when a pair of the country’s slowest-paced teams square off. Oakland ranks 334th in possessions per game (68.4) and Fairfield is 329th (67.2) since the 2018-19 season. Also, the Stags rank 286th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.169), while the Golden Grizzlies rank 31st in opponents’ FTA rate (0.188).
Fairfield vs. Oakland Betting Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Oakland, ATS Winner – Fairfield, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Stags rank 125th in steals per game (6.4) while the Golden Grizzlies rank 148th in steals allowed per game (6.7).
Fairfield ranks 91st in three pointers allowed per game (19.2) while Oakland ranks 255th (24.4).
The Golden Grizzlies rank 79th in rebounds per game (33.8) while the Stags rank 228th (31.4).
Oakland ranks 37th in blocks allowed per game (2.8) while Fairfield ranks 62nd (3.4).