CBB: Hartford vs Marist Preview and Prediction
College basketball season is here–and as we have done for the last few years, MFST will be previewing and predicting the winners of all of the games each day. We pride ourselves on our love for the mid-majors, so you can count on us for all of your game previews and analysis. This year, we will be keeping track on our picks against the spread–the last two years we have had better than a 50% pick-rate ATS. Let’s make the 2019-20 season the most profitable yet…
Hartford vs Marist Preview
As the non-conference slate in college basketball gets underway, we have an underrated mid-major matchup as the Marist Red Foxes (1-0) welcome the Hartford Hawks (1-1) to the McCann Arena in Poughkeepsie, NY.
The Red Foxes were able to win their season-opening game over VMI, 58-56, thanks to a buzzer-beater by redshirt junior Michael Cubbage. The game-winning basket was also the only the time Marist led the entire ball game. Cubbage led the way with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals–and it was the defensive prowess in the second half that allowed the team to claw their way back from a nine-point halftime deficit.
Marist was picked to finish eighth in a sub-par MAAC conference, but as we continue to see every year, these preseason predictions mean nothing. One reason–it is difficult for the preseason voters to gauge how freshman will impact the game. Marist has a good one in Tyler Saint-Furcy who took home MAAC Rookie of the Week honors in Week 1. In his first collegiate game at VMI on Friday, Nov. 8, Saint-Furcy contributed 10 points, three rebounds, two steals, and two blocked shots. He drained two of his five attempts from three-point range as the Red Foxes earned a 58-56 triumph over the Keydets.
Hartford won their opening game against Central Connecticut State, 74-59, and fell to a solid Winthrop team 67-57 in their last contest. Freshman Miroslav Stafl put up a game high 15 points to lead the Hawks in that matchup.
Hartford is coming off its most successful two-year run since transitioning to DI in 1984-85, combining for 37 wins in that stretch. Somewhat unheard of for a small mid-major school like Hartford, but all five starters from last year’s team is currently playing professionally overseas.
- George Blagojevic signed with the Cairns Marlins (Australia)
- John Carroll inked a contract with BK Nova Hut’ Ostrava (Czech Republic)
- Jason Dunne signed with BKM Lucenec (Slovakia)
- J.R. Lynch and Travis Weatherington each joined Bahia Basket (Argentina)
This year’s team still has talent with a slew of grad transfers and freshman, but it will not be the same as the last two year’s of success.
In what will likely be a very ugly game, Hartford will be too powerful for Marist.
LINE: Marist -1.5
Score Prediction: Marist 66 Hartford 60
Dan’s Bet: Hartford +1.5
Dan’s 2019 record: 4-1