Fairfield Stags (11-18) at Monmouth Hawks (17-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm (OceanFirst Bank Center)
The Line: Monmouth Hawks -8.5 -- Over/Under: 128 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Fairfield Stags and the Monmouth Hawks meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from the OceanFirst Bank Center on Wednesday night.
The Fairfield Stags will be out to snap a three-game losing streak sitting at 7-11 in conference play after a 65-51 loss to Rider last time out. Landon Taliaferro leads the Stags in scoring with 11.8 PPG while Jesus Cruz has 11.1 PPG and Taj Benning has 10 PPG this season. Vincent Eze has 8.1 PPG and 5.7 RPG while Aidas Kavaliauskas has a team-high 2.5 APG this season. As a team, Fairfield is averaging 58.7 points on 39.3% shooting from the field, 29.1% from 3-point range and 69.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 63.2 points on 42.3% shooting from the field and 34.3% from 3-point range this season. Fairfield is 5-8 straight up and 6-7 against the spread on the road this season.
The Monmouth Hawks will try to shake things up near the top of the MAAC standings, sitting at 11-7 in conference play after an 80-60 win over Manhattan last time out. Deion Hammond leads Monmouth in scoring with 16.2 PPG while Ray Salnave is 2nd in scoring with 13.9 PPG and 4.6 RPG. Mustapha Traore has a team-high 5.4 RPG while Samuel Chaput has a team-high 3.2 APG for the Hawks this season. As a team, Monmouth is averaging 71.3 points on 41% shooting from the field, 33.4% from 3-point range and 72.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 70.9 points on 42.7% shooting from the field and 34.7% from 3-point range this season. Monmouth is 10-1 straight up and 7-4 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the favorite is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings between these two teams.
This feels like a lot of points to be giving up with a Monmouth team that’s split their last 10 games both SU and ATS, but the fact is that the Hawks are a lot easier to trust scoring the basketball than Fairfield and the Stags have a lot more to play for in terms of positioning at the top of the conference, while Fairfield is pretty much spoken for this season. I’ll lay the points with Monmouth in what should be a double-digit win for the Hawks.