A pair of mid-major programs take the floor when the Colonial Athletic Association takes the floor against the MAAC in a non-conference tilt. The William & Mary Tribe is on the road as they travel to face the Fairfield Stags Sunday afternoon. William & Mary dropped Old Dominion 63-46 at home in their most recent contest Tuesday night. Fairfield dumped Texas A&M 67-62 in their last game, which came last Sunday. The Stags own a 2-1 edge in the all-time series between the teams but the Tribe earned a 71-50 triumph in the most recent meeting on December 31, 2007.
William & Mary Tribe Seeking Third Win in Four GamesWilliam & Mary earned their second win in the last three games as they bounced back from a loss to Buffalo by dropping Old Dominion. The Tribe now looks to make it three wins in four games here as they take to the road. William & Mary led nearly the entire way as the lone time they trailed was 2-0 in the opening minute of the game. The Tribe led by four at the half and held a three-point lead early in the second half before going on an 11-4 run to take a 10-point edge. William & Mary led comfortably the rest of the way to earn the triumph. The Tribe shot 37.7 percent from the field, including seven of 25 from three-point range, and limited the Monarchs to 28.6 percent shooting in the contest. Nathan Knight led William & Mary with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the win.
The Tribe averages 73.6 points per game on offense, putting them 160th in the nation in scoring offense this season. William & Mary pulls down 35.3 rebounds per contest and dishes out 14.4 assists a night. The Tribe struggles on the defensive end of the floor as they are 244th in scoring defense by allowing 71.6 points per game. Nathan Knight leads William & Mary with 20.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. Andy Van Vliet contributes 14.1 points plus nine boards a game while Thornton Scott (12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds) and Luke Loewe (12.1 points) are averaging in double figures. Bryce Barnes, Miguel Ayesa and Quinn Blair are all important contributors in the rotation. William & Mary shoots 48.2 percent from the floor as a team. The Tribe drains 8.5 three pointers a game while sinking 38.3 percent of their attempts from beyond the arc. William & Mary is an average team from the charity stripe as they shoot 71.9 percent as a team at the line this season.
Fairfield Stags Try to Earn Back to Back WinsFairfield snapped a four-game skid as they edged Texas A&M in the seventh-place game of the Orlando Invitational last Sunday. The Stags now look to make it back to back wins here. Fairfield trailed by seven in the first half and by four at halftime against the Aggies. The Stags trailed by as many as six in the second half and was tied midway through the second half before going on a 7-0 run to take the lead for good. Fairfield shot 43.1 percent from the field, including 12 of 29 from three-point range, and won the rebounding battle 30-21. Landon Taliaferro led the Stags with 34 points in the game, including a school-record 10 three-pointers.
The Stags are 331st in the nation in scoring offense as they average just 61.5 points per game in Jay Young’s first season as head coach. Fairfield pulls down an average of 32.4 boards per contest this season while dishing out 10.6 assists per game. The Stags are 142nd in the nation in scoring defense by giving up 66.8 points per game on the year. Landon Taliaferro leads the team with 16.5 points per game this season. Jesus Cruz (15.1 points, 5.1 rebounds) is the only other player scoring in double figures this season. Taj Benning, Vincent Eze, Wassef Methnani, Calvin Whipple and Chris Maidoh are all looked at to contribute for the Stags. Fairfield shoots 41.1 percent from the field this season as a team. The Stags connect on 6.6 three-pointers a night while hitting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc. Fairfield is a mediocre team at the charity stripe, draining 71.1 percent of their attempts on the season.
The top trends for this contest according to Covers.com:
- Tribe are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Tribe are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win
- Tribe are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite
- Stags are 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win