Fairfield, Quinninipiac, Yale men’s basketball capsules
Times Union Center, Albany, New York; Friday, 7 p.m.
RECORDS: Fairfield (9-12, 5-5) vs. Siena (10-10, 6-5)
BOTTOM LINE: Siena hosts Fairfield in a MAAC matchup. Fairfield won 55-53 at home against Monmouth on Tuesday. Siena lost 85-80 at St. Peter’s on Sunday.
BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Jesus Cruz and Landon Taliaferro have led the Stags. Cruz is averaging 11.9 points and 4.1 rebounds while Taliaferro is putting up 13.6 points per game. The Saints have been anchored by Jalen Pickett and Manny Camper, who are scoring 15.4 and 13.7 per game, respectively.
KEY FACILITATOR: Pickett has either made or assisted on 49 percent of all Siena field goals over the last five games. The sophomore guard has accounted for 26 field goals and 41 assists in those games.
SLIPPING AT 64: Fairfield is 0-9 when it allows at least 64 points and 9-3 when it holds opponents to less than 64.
TWO STREAKS: Fairfield has dropped its last three road games, scoring 58.7 points and allowing 71 points during those contests. Siena has won its last nine home games, scoring an average of 76.9 points while giving up 66.4.
DID YOU KNOW?: Siena is ranked first among MAAC teams with an average of 73.8 points per game. The Saints have averaged 78.4 points per game over their last five games.
People’s United Center, Hamden, Connecticut; Friday, 7:30 p.m.
RECORDS: Iona (5-12, 3-7); Quinnipiac (11-9, 6-4)
BOTTOM LINE: Quinnipiac hosts Iona in a MAAC matchup. Both teams are coming off of tough road losses this past Sunday. Quinnipiac lost 75-59 to Niagara, while Iona came up short in a 72-49 game at Manhattan.
SUPER SENIORS: Iona has relied heavily on its seniors. E.J. Crawford, Tajuan Agee, Isaiah Washington, Isaiah Ross and Mo Thiam have combined to account for 78 percent of all Gaels scoring this season, though their output has dropped to 38 percent over the last five games.
DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENTS: The Bobcats have allowed just 68.4 points per game across 10 conference games. That’s an improvement from the 72.2 per game they gave up to non-conference competition.
OFFENSIVE THREAT: Rich Kelly has either made or assisted on 46 percent of all Quinnipiac field goals over the last five games. Kelly has accounted for 24 field goals and 29 assists in those games.
WINLESS WHEN: The Bobcats are 0-5 when they allow at least 75 points and 11-4 when they hold opponents to anything below 75. The Gaels are 0-12 when allowing 70 or more points and 5-0 on the season, otherwise.
ACCOUNTING FOR ASSISTS: The Bobcats have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Gaels. Quinnipiac has an assist on 48 of 79 field goals (60.8 percent) over its past three games while Iona has assists on 40 of 70 field goals (57.1 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW?: Both Iona and Quinnipiac are ranked atop the MAAC when it comes to 3-point shooting. The Gaels are ranked second in the conference with 8.2 3-pointers made per game this season, including 9.6 per game over their last five. The Bobcats are ranked first among all MAAC teams and have made 10.4 3-pointers per game this year.
John J. Lee Amphitheater, New Haven, Connecticut; Friday, 5 p.m.
RECORDS: Harvard (13-6, 2-2); Yale (16-4, 4-0)
BOTTOM LINE: Yale looks for its eighth straight conference win against Harvard. Yale’s last Ivy League loss came against the Penn Quakers 77-66 on March 8, 2019. Harvard fell 70-69 at Princeton in its last outing.
SUPER SENIORS: Harvard has relied heavily on its seniors. Chris Lewis, Noah Kirkwood, Robert Baker and Justin Bassey have combined to account for 48 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 68 percent of all Crimson points over the team’s last five games.
STEPPING IT UP: The Bulldogs have scored 80.5 points per game against conference opponents thus far, an improvement from the 72.6 per game they recorded against non-conference opponents.
ACCURATE ATKINSON: In 20 appearances this season, Yale’s Paul Atkinson has shot 63.6 percent.
STREAK STATS: Yale has won its last seven home games, scoring an average of 88 points while giving up 60.7.
ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Bulldogs have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Crimson. Yale has an assist on 56 of 91 field goals (61.5 percent) across its previous three games while Harvard has assists on 29 of 82 field goals (35.4 percent) during its past three games.
STIFLING DEFENSE: Yale has held opposing teams to 36.9 percent shooting from the field this year, the lowest percentage among all Division I teams.
— Associated Press