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Fairfield vs. Manhattan - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Manhattan Jaspers (7-9) at Fairfield Stags (6-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard)

The Line: Fairfield Stags -4.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

We have some MAAC-tion on the college basketball schedule on Thursday, as the Manhattan Jaspers take on the Fairfield Stags.

The Manhattan Jaspers will try to bounce back from back-to-back losses, including an 82-76 loss to Rider in their last outing. Thomas Capuano led the team with 17 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 5 threes, while Zavier Turner came right behind with 16 points and a team-high 9 assists. Zane Waterman and Rich Williams each added 14 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Jaspers in the losing effort, with Waterman leading the team with 9 boards, while Williams hit 4 threes and added 3 steals. Calvin Crawford added 5 points with 8 rebounds and a. Pair of steals as well in the loss. Williams leads the team in scoring with 13 points per game, while Waterman is the team’s top rebounder with 6.4 boards per game and Turner leads the team in assists with 3.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Manhattan is scoring 69.1 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field, 38.1% from behind the arc and 67.4% from the foul line this season. 

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Fairfield vs. Manhattan - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Fairfield Stags will look for a big win to snap their current 3 game losing streak following an 84-65 loss to Iona in their last outing. Tyler Nelson led the team with 16 points on 4 of 11 shooting with 3 threes, while Ferron Flavors Jr. added 13 points with 3 threes and Jonathan Kasibabu added 10 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Stags in the loss. Wassef Methnani led the team with 6 rebounds, while Jerome Segura added a team-high 5 assists in the losing effort. Nelson leads the team in scoring with 20.1 points per game, while Kasibabu leads the team in rebounding with 5 rebounds per game and Segura leads the team in assists with 3 helpers per game this season. As a team, Fairfield is scoring 71.1 points per game on 42.8% shooting from the field, 31.5% from behind the 3-point line and 72.7% from the foul line this season.

Manhattan is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record and 19-7 ATS in their last 26 Thursday games while the under is 7-1-1 in their last 9 games following a loss. Fairfield is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference matchups while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a losing record. The home team is 13-3 ATS in the last 16 meetings between these two teams.

I’m not sure there’s a whole lot separating these two teams this early in conference play so it could go either way, however the deciding factor in my pick is that the home team has covered in 13 of the last 16 meetings between these two teams, and I think Fairfield has the better offence by a small margin, so I’ll lay the points with Fairfield in this one.

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