Saint Peter's vs. Fairfield - 3/5/15 MAAC Tournament Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Fairfield Stags (7-23) at Saint Peter's Peacocks (14-17)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Times Union Center)
The Line: Saint Peter's Peacocks -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Fairfield Stags and Saint Peter’s Peacocks meet Thursday in the first round of the MAAC Tournament.
The Fairfield Stags look to play spoiler after winning just three games in 2015. On the season, Fairfield is averaging 60.4 points on 39.4 percent shooting and is allowing 65.9 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Marcus Gilbert is averaging 16.5 points and 5.6 rebounds while Tyler Nelson is averaging 10.3 points and 1.4 assists. Mike Kirkland Jr. is grabbing four rebounds and Jerome Segura is dishing 2.2 assists. The Fairfield Stags have three players averaging at least 8.1 points, and they’re shooting 71.8 percent from the line and 32.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Fairfield is allowing 34.4 percent shooting from beyond the arc and has given up 60 or less points in four of its last six games.
The Saint Peter’s Peacocks hope to rebound after losing four of their last five games. On the season, Saint Peter’s is averaging 61.4 points on 41 percent shooting and is allowing 61 points on 40.1 percent shooting. Desi Washington is averaging 14.2 points and 3.7 rebounds while Marvin Dominique is averaging 14.1 points and 7.6 rebounds. Tyler Gaskins is dishing 1.8 assists and Quadir Welton is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Saint Peter’s Peacocks have four players averaging at least 7.1 points, and they’re shooting 65.7 percent from the line and 33.9 percent from deep. Defensively, Saint Peter’s is allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and has given up 65 or less points in five of its last seven games.
The Stags are 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Peacocks are 25-52-1 ATS in their last 78 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The underdog is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The last time these teams met, Saint Peter's won by 11 points. The Stags simply aren't a good basketball team. Take the Peacocks and the reasonable chalk here.