Fairfield (8-16, 8-11) vs. No. 2 seed Monmouth (12-7, 12-6)
Metro Atlantic Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey; Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: A spot in the MAAC semifinals is on the line as Fairfield and Monmouth prepare to face off. Monmouth earned a 65-62 win over Rider on Friday, while Fairfield walked away with a 59-58 win in overtime against Manhattan on Tuesday.
VETERAN PRESENCE: Senior leadership could play a big role in the outcome of this game. Deion Hammond, Melik Martin, George Papas and Marcus McClary have collectively accounted for 64 percent of Monmouth’s scoring this season. For Fairfield, Taj Benning, Jesus Cruz and Caleb Green have collectively scored 47 percent of the team’s points this year, including 53 percent of all Stags points over their last five.JUMPING FOR JAKE: Jake Wojcik has connected on 39.3 percent of the 89 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 9 for 18 over the last three games. He’s also made 85.3 percent of his free throws this season.
SLIPPING AT 72: Fairfield is 0-8 when it allows at least 72 points and 8-8 when it holds opponents to less than 72.
UNDEFEATED WHEN: Monmouth is a sterling 11-0 when its defense holds opponents to a field goal percentage of 41.8 percent or less. The Hawks are 1-7 when allowing opponents to shoot any better than that.
DID YOU KNOW: The opportunistic Monmouth offense has averaged 75.4 possessions per game this season, ranking the Hawks eighth nationally. Fairfield has not been as uptempo as the Hawks and is averaging only 65.6 possessions per game (ranked 321st).
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