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Fairfield Stags vs UMass Minutemen 12/19/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Fairfield Stags (8-3) will battle against the UMass Minutemen (6-5) in the NCAA basketball inter-conference competition at William D. Mullins Center in Amherst on Sunday, December 19, 2021, at 1:00 PM ET.

 

Fairfield comes into this match-up versus Massachusetts with a five-game winning streak including their last outing versus FDU. The Stags defeated Canisius, Niagara, Holy Cross, William & Mary, and the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights last time out.

 

Fairfield is in 3rd place at 2-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference with an 8-3 overall standing while winning 5 of their last 7 road outings on the year. The Stags acquired a 17-point lead against the Knights in the first half leading to their 18-point victory at 72-54 in December.

 

Forward Chris Maidoh led the scoring for Fairfield with 13 points while Guard Taj Benning added 13 in the winning effort. Forward Supreme Cook pulled down 7 rebounds while Guard Caleb Green dished out 7 assists for the Stags in the win.

 

Guard Taj Benning led the scoring for Fairfield with 11.7 PPG on 45.8% overall shooting while Forward Supreme Cook led in rebounding with an average of 7.5 RPG and Guard Caleb Green dispensed 3.6 APG for the Stags.

 

The Fairfield Stags recorded an average of 76.5 PPG on 48.7 FG% while allowing 65.5 PPG. The Stags grabbed an average of 37.1 RPG and distributed 15.1 assists per match while their defense ended up with an average of 3.7 blocks and 5.5 steals per contest. 

 

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Fairfield Stags vs UMass Minutemen Predictions 12/19/2021

 

The UMass Minutemen will be hosting this inter-conference battle versus Fairfield to bounce back from losing their last two match-ups. The Minutemen bowed to the Northeastern Huskies and the North Texas Mean Green in their recent stint this season.

 

Massachusetts dropped to 9th place in the Atlantic 10 Conference with an overall standing at 6-5 after winning all five home contests this season. The Minutemen struggled on their offense after chasing a 12-point lead versus the Mean Green in the first half of the contest heading to their nine-point loss at 57-66 on December 11.

 

Guards Noah Fernandes and CJ Kelly scored 13 points each in leading UMass while Fernandes also distributed 8 assists in the loss. Forward Greg Jones chipped in 12 points and controlled the board for the Minutemen with 8 rebounds in the losing effort.

 

The Massachusetts Minutemen scored an average of 79.8 PPG on 45.8% overall shooting while giving away an average of 78.5 PPG this season. The Minutemen pulled down an average of 31.9 RPG and dished out an average of 14.6 assists per outing while their defense recorded an average of 2.5 blocks and 6.7 steals per game.

 

Guard Noah Fernandes led the offense for UMass with an average of 16.8 PPG on 47.9% shooting from the field while dishing out 5.4 APG and Forward Trent Buttrick hauled down an average of 4.6 RPG this season.                 

 

Fairfield Stags vs. UMass Minutemen. The NCAAB Pick for this game is Massachusetts -6.0. The Minutemen scored an average of almost 80.0 PPG while the Stags had 76.5 PPG on the year. Massachusetts has the advantage of playing at home with the crowd support at their back on Sunday. The prediction: The UMass Minutemen will win at 80-74.    

 

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Fairfield Stags vs UMass Minutemen 12/19/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAB Starting Time: 1:00 PM ET

 

Location: William D. Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts

 

Date: Sunday, December 19, 2021

 

TV: ESPN+  

 

NCAAB Odds/Point Spread: UMass Minutemen -6.0

 

NCAAB Totals: 147.0

 

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