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CONFERENCES COACHING CHANGES TRANSACTIONS GAMING MATCHUP CURRENT ODDS
Northeastern (2-7) at Fairfield (1-8)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 15, 1 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Webster Bank Arena (10,000) -- Bridgeport, Connecticut. Television: SNY. Home Record: Northeastern 1-2, Fairfield 1-3. Away Record: Northeastern 0-2, Fairfield 0-3. Neutral Record: Northeastern 1-3, Fairfield 0-2. Conference Record: Northeastern 0-0, Fairfield 0-2. Series Record: Northeastern leads, 7-1.
GAME NOTES: Two teams searching for consistency will collide on Sunday, as the Northeastern Huskies pay a visit to the Fairfield Stags in a non-league bout at Webster Bank Arena.
Northeastern, which finished with 20 wins last season, does not look like it is going to match that win total this year. The Huskies limp into this contest holding just a 2-7 overall mark, while currently saddled with a five- game losing streak.
Fairfield was supposed to get a chance to end a losing streak of its own on Wednesday. However, the Stags' date with Belmont was postponed due to inclement weather. Fairfield, which is 1-8 overall, will be trying to halt an eight-game losing streak on Sunday.
The Huskies have won seven of eight all-time matchups in this series, although the last one occurred in 1990. Northeastern took a 79-72 decision during that meeting.
The most recent setback for Northeastern came at the hands of the UAB Blazers, 74-69. The Huskies connected on only 39 percent of their shots from the floor, which played into the Blazers' hands, as they won the rebounding battle (45-29).
The Huskies rely on a trio of scorers for most of their offensive production. Leading the way is double-double machine Scott Eatherton (16.9 ppg, 10.6 rpg). Eatherton was at it again against UAB with 21 points and 10 rebounds. The effort was the seventh double-double of the season for the junior forward. David Walker (12.2 ppg, 3.3 apg) and Reggie Spencer (10,7 ppg) are the scoring complements, with Walker getting his work from the backcourt and Spencer teaming with Eatherton up front. Finding additional scorers has been a challenge for the Huskies, who are netting just 68.6 points per game overall.
When it was last on the floor, Fairfield tried to shoot itself back into contention against Iona from beyond the arc. The Stags succeeded to a degree, outscoring the Gaels, 24-12, from 3-point range, but they hit only 35.6 percent of their shots overall in the 11-point loss.
It comes as no surprise that a team with just a single win has not had much success on the offensive end of the floor. The Stags are scoring only 60.6 points per game and connecting on 37.8 percent of their shots from the field. Those type of offensive efforts have wiped away any benefit the Stags have received by holding opponents to just 39.4 percent shooting. Marcus Gilbert (13.9 ppg) and Maurice Barrow (11.2 ppg, 5 rpg) are the only players scoring in double figures regularly, though each hits on less than 40 percent of their attempts from the field. Barrow finished with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds against Iona, while Gilbert had just three points on 1-of-5 shooting.
Despite Northeastern's struggles, the issues at Fairfield have been worse. Even with extra rest the Stags may still come up short.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Northeastern 70, Fairfield 62
12/15 10:31:17 ET