The Merrimack Warriors and Fairleigh Dickinson Knights meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Stratis Arena. The Merrimack Warriors look for their third win. The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights look for their seventh win.
The Merrimack Warriors are averaging 55.9 points on 38 percent shooting and allowing 65.7 points on 43.8 percent shooting. Jordan Minor is averaging 16.6 points and 7.6 rebounds, while Ziggy Reid is averaging 13.6 points and 3.5 rebounds. Jordan Derkack is dishing 2 assists and Javon Bennett is grabbing 1.4 rebounds. The Merrimack Warriors are shooting 27 percent from beyond the arc and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. The Merrimack Warriors are allowing 32.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 23.1 rebounds per game.
The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights are averaging 76.9 points on 44.3 percent shooting and allowing 79.4 points on 49.3 percent shooting. Demetre Roberts is averaging 16.8 points and 3.2 rebounds, while Grant Singleton is averaging 14.7 points and 2.8 assists. Heru Bligen is the third double-digit scorer and Ansley Almonor is grabbing 4.4 rebounds. The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 73.8 percent from the free throw line. The Fairleigh Dickinson Knights are allowing 35.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.1 rebounds per game.
The Warriors are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Knights are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The under is 13-3 in Warriors last 16 overall. The under is 5-2-1 in Knights last 8 overall.
Neither of these teams are playing well, but it is fair to say the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights are the better side and far and away more trustworthy offensively. The Merrimack Warriors lose in the underdog role by an average of 19 points and lose on the road by an average of 20.3 points. I'll lay the small number with Fairleigh Dickinson.