Fairfield at Niagara
|Date & Time||Sunday February 17, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)|
Niagara Falls, NY
Niagara Purple Eagles -1.5 -- Over/Under: 145
The Fairfield Stags will travel to the Gallagher Center to take on the Niagara Purple Eagles this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Fairfield Stags lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 7-19 (4-10 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Canisius Golden Griffins, 72-68, this past Friday. Fairfield led by a 35-32 margin at halftime, however, struggled defensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after a 13-0 Canisius run gave the Golden Griffins a 56-51 lead with 7:04 left in regulation. Fairfield shot 45.6% from the field and 31.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the way Jesus Cruz who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 3 assists.
On the season, Fairfield is averaging 67.8 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Stags are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Fairfield has been led by Landon Taliaferro (11.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg), Neftali Alvarez (11.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.4 spg), Jonathan Kasibabu (10.8 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg), and Jesus Cruz (10.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.5 apg).
Defensively, Fairfield is allowing their opponents to average 71.8 ppg on 46.6% shooting from the field. The Stags have a rebound margin of -3.2 and a turnover margin of 0.3.
The Niagara Purple Eagles lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 11-15 (4-9 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Manhattan Jaspers, 64-60, this past Friday. Niagara led by a 38-30 margin early in the 2nd half, however, the defense struggled the rest of the way and Manhattan was able to take the lead for good after a Samir Stewart jumper gave Manhattan a 59-57 lead with 3:33 left in regulation. Niagara allowed Manhattan to shoot 44.7% from the field and 47.6% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Purple Eagles was Dominic Robb who had 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks.
On the season, Niagara is averaging 72.2 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Purple Eagles are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Niagara has been led by Marvin Prochet (17.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.4 apg), James Towns (11.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.9 apg), Dominic Robb (10.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 2.3 bpg), and Keleaf Tate (8.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, Niagara is allowing their opponents to average 75.1 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Purple Eagles have a rebound margin of -0.5 and a turnover margin of -0.2.
The Stags are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up loss and just 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Purple Eagles are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Fairfield has lost 8 of their last 10 games and come into this game ranked T-296th in scoring offense, 191st in scoring defense, and 313rd in defensive FG%.
Niagara has lost 5 of their last 8 games and currently rank 197th in scoring offense, 264th in scoring defense, and 305th in defensive FG%.
Fairfield was able to defeat Niagara by a 77-59 margin at home earlier this season and although the Stags have been struggling as of late, I trust their defense much more than I trust Niagara’s, especially after what Manhattan did to them on their home court. Fairfield is just 3-11 on the road this season however, Fairfield looked decent in their recent game at Canisius and I think the play here is to take Fairfield and the points. Good Luck!