Rider vs. Niagara - 2/9/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Niagara Purple Eagles (7-15) at Rider Broncs (13-9)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Alumni Gymnasium)
The Line: Rider Broncs -10 -- Over/Under: 146 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Niagara Purple Eagles and the Rider Broncs meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from the Rider Alumni Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.
The Niagara Purple Eagles will look to turn things around after a 4th loss in their last 5 games following a 77-59 loss to Manhattan last time out. In the loss to Manhattan Greg Kuakumensah led the Purple Eagles with 13 points on 5 of 9 shooting with 5 rebounds while Raheem Solomon had a team-high 8 rebounds and Marcus Hammond had 9 points and a team-high 3 assists. Hammond leads the Purple Eagles in scoring with 13.3 points and 3 assists per game while also sharing the team-lead in rebounding with Kuakumensah as each have 4 rebounds per game this season. James Towns and the aforementioned Solomon are each averaging double-digit points as well this season. As a team, Niagara is averaging 65.8 points per game on 42.9% shooting from the field, 35.6% from behind the arc and 73.6% from the foul line while allowing their opponents to rack up 73.9 points per game on 45.9% shooting from the field, 37.6% from behind the arc and 72.4% from the foul line this season.
The Rider Broncs will look to keep pace near the top of the MAAC standings after improving to 7-5 in conference play after a 61-60 win over Canisius for their 4th win in 5 games. In the win over Canisius, Dimencio Vaughn led the Broncs with 18 points with a team-high 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Vaughn leads Rider in scoring with 14.5 points per game while Tyere Marshall has 12.6 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds. Frederick Scott and Stevie Jordan each have double-digit numbers in scoring with Jordan adding a team-high 4.1 assists per game. As a team, Rider is averaging 72.6 points per game on 43.6% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the arc and 66.5% from the foul line while allowing their opposition to average 71.2 points per game on 43.5% shooting from the field and 34% from behind the 3-point line this season.
Niagara is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games against a team with a winning home record while the under is 7-2-1 in their last 10 games overall. Rider is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record and 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 home games. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I get that Rider should be favored at home and I agree with it. However, the Broncs just haven’t been covering games and playing dominant basketball, at least to the point of laying double-digits even against Niagara. The Purple Eagles have come up big in spots like these as a big underdog already this season, and Rider has a tendency to play down to lower opposition, so I’ll take a shot with Niagara and the points in this one.