Free Pick - Monmouth Hawks vs Marist Red Foxes

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Monday, January 30, 2017 5:41 PM GMT

The Monmouth Hawks have been the dominant team in the MAAC Conference so far. Today the get an easy conference matchup against the Marist Red Foxes. Join expert capper for his NCAA basketball pick.

  

Monmouth Hawks vs Marist Red Foxes

 

Not Much To Cheer About

From a Marist perspective, nothing has gone right this season and it keep's getting worse. The Red Foxes have lost 12 out of their last 14 games and now must face the best team in the conference in Monmouth. Motivation could play a role for a bottom-feeder such as Marist, but they simply don't have the talent to compete with most of the teams in the MAAC Conference.

While Marist's defense allows nearly 80 points per game, this is a team that has difficulties in rebounding the basketball, averaging just 31.1 rebounds per game and are also averaging 11.6 assists per game.

They haven't played as a team unit and their record reflects that fact. The one stat that sticks out like a sore thumb comes on the defensive end. Marist has managed just 3 blocks for the season. That's as bad as it get's. The senior guard, Khallid Hart (17 ppg.) will do his part to keep Marist competitive, but without any resistance on the defensive end, it won't matter and Monmouth will capitalize with players like Justin Robinson (18.4 points, 5.2 assists) and Micah Seaborn (15.6 ppg.)

 

Little Man, Big Numbers

Justin Robinson might be just 5 foot 8, 175 pounds, but the senior's numbers carry a lot of weight as he's been a consistent 20 point plus per game scorer as of late.

In his last 5 games, Robinson has scored 20 points or more in each game and is averaging 22.4 points per game during this period of time. This is a player that's a bit streaky. He can shoot 1 of 8 from 3-point land as he did against Quinnipiac, but prior to that, he shot 8 of 12 from 3-point range against Manhattan and Fairfield. He will definitely get the open looks in this game and I expect Robinson to capitalize on the opportunity. Look for Monmouth to blow out the Red Foxes as this game is a total mismatch.

 

Free NCAAB Pick: Monmouth Hawks -13

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