Fairfield Stags vs. New Hampshire Wildcats - 3/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Hampshire Wildcats (19-12) at Fairfield Stags (19-13)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard)
The Line: Fairfield Stags -7 -- Over/Under: 143.5 See the Latest Odds
The New Hampshire Wildcats will travel to play the Fairfield Stags in the CIT on Wednesday.
The Fairfield Stags are 19-13 (12-8) and are coming off of a loss to Monmouth in the MAAC Tournament by a score of 76-63. Fairfield was able to defeat St. Peter’s by a score of 64-55 in their first conference tournament game. Before the conference tournament, Fairfield finished the regular season by winning 6 of their last 7 games. Fairfield is averaging 76.9 points per game while giving up 77.1 points per game. Fairfield is also averaging 34.8 rebounds per game and 15.6 assists per game. Marcus Gilbert is averaging 17 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game for Fairfield. Tyler Nelson is averaging 15.9 points per game and 2.9 assists per game for the Stags. Fairfield is shooting 73.5% on free throws, 36.2% on three-pointers, and 44.4% on all field goal attempts.
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The New Hampshire Wildcats are 19-12 (11-5) and are coming off of a loss to Vermont in the America East Conference Tournament by a score of 63-56. New Hampshire was able to defeat Binghamton by a score of 56-51 in their first conference tournament game. New Hampshire finished the regular season by winning 3 of their last 4 games. New Hampshire is averaging 71.1 points per game while giving up 69.8 points per game. New Hampshire is also averaging 39.1 rebounds per game and 11.8 assists per game. Tanner Leissner is averaging 16 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game for New Hampshire. Jaleen Smith is averaging 13.1 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Wildcats. New Hampshire is shooting 72% on free throws, 32.6% on three-pointers, and 41.8% on all field goal attempts.
New Hampshire is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The under is 7-3 in New Hampshire’s last 10 games. Fairfield is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 Wednesday games. Fairfield is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. The under is 6-1 in Fairfield’s last 7 games.
Both of these teams had good regular seasons and will be looking for their 20th win in this game. New Hampshire is the better defensive team, as Fairfield is giving up over 77 points per game. Fairfield is averaging more points per game, while New Hampshire has the rebounding advantage in this game. I like Fairfield to win this game at home, but I am picking New Hampshire to keep it a close game.