Fairfield Stags vs. Quinnipiac Bobcats Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/13/14
Quinnipiac Bobcats (15-8) at Fairfield Stags (5-20)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 8:30 pm (Webster Bank Arena)
The Line: Fairfield Stags +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Quinnipiac looks for its fourth straight victory on the road against Fairfield Thursday.
The Breakdown: The Bobcats sit in a three-way tie for second place in the MAAC with Manhattan and Canisius, improving to 10-4 after an 83-78 victory over Marist Monday. Quinnipiac outshot the Red Foxes from the floor 48.3 percent to 39.4 percent, but were outdone from beyond the arc 54.5 percent to 42.9 percent. The Bobcats came away with a 44-37 rebounding advantage converted 16 of 19 from the free throw line. Senior G Umar Shannon scored a game-high 26 points, including 5 of 10 from downtown, while junior F Ousmane Drame had 16 points, 13 rebounds and 7 blocks. Senior F Ike Azotam and junior G Zaid Hearst added 15 points apiece. On the season, Quinnipiac is averaging 79.2 ppg on 41,3 percent shooting. Azotam leads the team with 16.7 ppg, followed by Hearst at 15.3 ppg.
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Meanwhile, Fairfield sits in last place in the conference, falling to 2-12 after its 77-75 loss at Siena Monday. The Stags topped the Saints from the floor 49.1 percent to 48.1 percent and fro outside the arc 46.7 percent to 27.3 percent, but conceded a 36-31 advantage on the boards and committed 13 turnovers. Senior F Maurice Barrow scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds off the bench, junior G Steve Johnston had 14 points off the bench, and sophomore F Amadou Sidibe added 12 points. Through 25 games, Fairfield is averaging 61.8 ppg on 39.4 percent shooting. Sophomore F Marcus Gilbert leads the team with 13.4 ppg, followed by Barrow at 13.0 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -4 for Quinnipiac. The Bobcats squeaked past Fairfield way back in the beginning of December. Quinnipiac is even better now so look for them to cover here.