The 2021-22 MAAC Tournament will continue with a battle between the Fairfield Stags and Canisius Golden Griffins at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The Stags are 14-17 overall and 8-12 in MAAC play, while Canisius is 11-20 overall and 7-13 in the conference. Fairfield has won the last three head-to-head matchups with its conference rivals and has gone 2-1 against the spread during that span.
However, Canisius has been the better bet of late, going 8-1 ATS in its last nine games, while Fairfield is 2-5 over its last seven. Still, the Stags are favored by three points in the latest Fairfield vs. Canisius odds from Caesars Sportsbook and the over-under is 132. Before making any Canisius vs. Fairfield picks, you'll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.
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- Fairfield vs. Canisius spread: Fairfield -3
- Fairfield vs. Canisius over-under: 132 points
What you need to know about Fairfield
Fairfield closed out its season against Saint Peter's on Saturday and offensive issues that have plagued the program throughout the year reared their ugly head in a 57-41 loss. Jesus Cruz (11) and Supreme Cook (10) were the only two players to reach double-figures in scoring as the Stags shot 25.9 percent from the floor.
As a team, Fairfield ranks 226th in Division I college basketball in team field-goal percentage (43.4) and that number drops down to 41.6 percent during conference play. Taj Benning had just four points on 1-of-11 shooting in the loss and Fairfield will need its leading scorer (10.7 ppg) to have bigger performances to make a run in the 2022 MAAC Tournament.
What you need to know about Canisius
The Golden Griffins actually closed the season out on a three-game winning streak and they're coming off a 67-64 win over Siena to end the regular season on Saturday. Malek Green led Canisius in scoring with 16 points off the bench in the hard-fought victory but the game was won at the defensive end.
Siena shot 52.2 percent from the floor as a team but the Golden Griffins disrupted the rhythm by suffocating the ball and getting out in the passing lanes. Canisius forced 20 turnovers and Ahamadou Fofana had a big game with six steals to go alone with his 13 points and four assists.
How to make Canisius vs. Fairfield picks
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