Fairfield Stags (10-10) vs. Monmouth Hawks (13-7)
February 4, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Monmouth Hawks -7 / Fairfield Stags +7; Over/Under: -131.5
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The Fairfield Stags and the Monmouth Hawks meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from OceanFirst Bank Center on Thursday night.
The Fairfield Stags will look to build on back-to-back road wins after a 76-65 win over Rider last time out. Taj Benning leads the Stags in scoring with 11.9 PPG along with 4.9 RPG and Jake Wojcik also has 11.7 PPG with 3.7 RPG while Supreme Cook has 10.2 PPG with a team-high 8 RPG this season, rounding out the group of double-digit scorers for Fairfield so far this season. Caleb Green also has 7.9 PPG and a team-high 2.9 APG as well this season. As a team, Fairfield is averaging 71.2 PPG on 45.3% shooting from the field, 34.6% from three and 71.2% from the foul line while allowing 66.7 PPG on 42.6% shooting from the field and 31.6% from three this season.
The Monmouth Hawks will look to rebound from a 70-69 OT loss to Niagara last time out. George Papas leads the Hawks in scoring and assists with 16.1 PPG and 3.2 APG while Shavar Reynolds has 14.6 PPG with 3.1 RPG. Walker Miller’s got 14.8 PPG and 6.3 RPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Monmouth so far this season. Nikkei Rutty also has a team-high 7.1 RPG of his own to lead the Hawks in rebounding so far this season. As a team, Monmouth is averaging 71.1 PPG on 43% shooting from the field, 33.1% from three and 76.2% from the foul line while allowing 68.2 PPG on 39.6% shooting from the field and 31.9% from three this season.
Fairfield is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Monmouth is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 home games against a team with a winning road record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a loss.
The Stags come in on back-to-back wins and the Hawks just lost their last matchup against Niagara, but I’m still backing Monmouth here. Sure, Fairfield’s been a solid cover team on the road this season, but the Stags have also been lucky in some of those spots and I just think that the Hawks find a way to deal a blow to the Stags here and bag themselves a win and cover in this one.