Fairfield Stags vs Providence Friars Prediction, 11/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Fairfield Stags vs Providence Friars
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Location: Rhode Island Alumni Hall in Providence, RI
Odds/Point Spread: Fairfield (+22)
Rhode Island Alumni Hall is the venue where and the Providence Friars (19-12 last year) will play the Fairfield Stags (12-20 last season) on Wednesday. Providence opens this game as 22-point favorites. The total is set at 133.5.
The Fairfield Stags faced the Manhattan Jaspers and ended up losing by a score of 61-43 in their last game of the season. Fairfield ended the contest having earned a 25.0% FG percentage (11 of 44) and buried 2 out of their 13 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Stags converted 19 of their 28 shots for a rate of 67.9%. Pertaining to grabbing rebounds, they earned 27 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also distributed 6 assists for this contest while earning 5 steals and 2 rejections. In terms of defense, Fairfield allowed the other team to go 25.0% from the field via 11 of 44. Manhattan distributed 12 assists and 5 steals in the game. Additionally, the Jaspers grabbed 37 boards (12 offensive, 25 defensive) and got 2 rejections. Manhattan ended up shooting 68.4% from the free throw line by burying 13 of 19 shots. They also made 8 of 17 attempts from 3-point land. Taj Benning is a guy who saw a lot of action in this contest. He racked up 10 points on 1 of 5 shooting. He played for 37 minutes played and also totaled 5 rebounds. Benning walked away from this one shooting 20.0% from the field and totaled 2 dimes. Another guy that was a factor in this contest for the Stags was Landon Taliaferro. He snagged 2 rebounds and also collected 2 assists. He finished the game shooting 12.5% from the floor for the game by going 1-of-8 (5 points). At the conclusion of this game, Taliaferro played for 32 minutes.
Fairfield enters this one after finishing with a win-loss mark of 12-20 last season. The Stags connected on 28.4% from downtown (138 of 486) and 69.5% from the free throw line. They averaged 58.0 pts per game (349th in the country) while hitting 39.0% from the field. They turned it over 13.8 times per contest and as a basketball team committed 16.4 fouls on a nightly basis. As a squad Fairfield collected 34.3 rebounds per contest and earned 276 assists last year, which was 350th in D-1 in terms of passing. On the defensive end of the court the Stags forced their opponents into 12.5 turnovers per game while drawing 18.2 fouls. They were 107th in Division 1 in giving up assists with 365 conceded last year. The Stags defense gave up a FG percentage of 41.9% (709 of 1,692) and they surrendered 32.2 boards per game as a unit. They gave up 35.0% on shots from downtown while they were 24th in college hoops in points per game from their opponents (62.9).
In their last game, the Providence Friars walked away with a victory by a final of 93-55 when they played the DePaul Blue Demons. The Friars recorded 24 defensive boards and 12 offensive boards totaling 36 for this contest. They stuffed 2 shots while earning 11 steals in this contest. The Blue Demons committed 21 personal fouls in this game which got the Friars to the free throw line for a total of 26 tries. They were able to knock down 21 of those for a rate of 80.8%. In terms of shooting from downtown, Providence made 10 of 23 tries (43.5%). When the game finished, the Friars ended up going 31 for 64 from the field which gave them a rate of 48.4%. The Friars permitted the Blue Demons to bury 22 of their 63 attempts from the floor which left them shooting 34.9% for this game. They wrapped up this game 23.5% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 4 out of 17 and walked away from this one shooting 7 of 13 from the free throw line (53.8%). When discussing rebounding, Providence permitted DePaul to pull down 32 overall (14 on the offensive glass). David Duke ended up being important for the Friars for this contest. He buried 6 out of 9 for the matchup for a rate of 66.7%, which earned him 16 points. Duke snagged 3 rebounds in his 32 mins and earned 3 assists in this matchup. Another guy who was a determining factor for Providence was A.J. Reeves. He totaled 19 points in 30 minutes on the hardwood by going 6 of 12 shooting for this contest. Reeves walked away from this one going 50.0% from the field and also totaling 2 dimes and 7 boards.
Providence had a mark of 19-12 last year. The Friars committed 18.7 personal fouls every game while shooting 69.4% from the charity stripe. They assisted teammates 14.4 times per contest (78th in the nation) and they turned it over 13.5 times per game. Providence scored 2,214 points last season (71.4 per contest) and they snagged 37.8 rebounds per contest. On the offensive side of the ball the Friars shot 41.3% from the field, which was ranked 304th in the nation. The Friars on the defensive side of the court were 84th in D-1 in PPG allowed with 66.2. They forced 15.0 TO's every game and let teams shoot 41.7% from the field (104th in college hoops). The Providence perimeter defense relinquished 31.1% on 3-pointers (194 of 624) and their opponents connected on 70.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They relinquished 11.7 assists and 35.5 rebounds per game, which had them ranked 103rd and 216th in college hoops.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Fairfield (+22)
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