Rider vs. Monmouth - 2/28/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rider vs. Monmouth - 2/28/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Monmouth Hawks (16-11) at Rider Broncs (15-12)

College Basketball: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 9:00 pm (Alumni Gymnasium)

The Line: Rider Broncs -3.5 -- Over/Under: 147 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Monmouth Hawks (16-11, 10-6 MAAC) face off against the Rider Broncs (15-12, 9-8 MAAC) in a MAAC contest at Alumni Gymnasium. The last time these two teams played on February 2nd, Monmouth won 90-84 at home and covered as a 1 ½ point favorite.

Neither of these teams has hopes of making the NCAA tournament without winning their conference tournament, and this game is important for seeding. Monmouth comes into this game having won 3 of their previous 4 games, while Rider has lost two consecutive games on the road and hopes they can get back on track at home where they are 9-1 this season.

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Monmouth has been pretty good on the road this season, going 4-4 SU in conference play and going 7-7-1 ATS this season. Monmouth is led by Senior guard Deion Hammond, who averages 15.7 PPG and has a 51.1 eFG%.

Over the last 10 games, Monmouth is 6-4 ATS and has scored 76.2 PPG while giving up 73.2 PPG on defense. Rider is 4-5-1 ATS in that same time span, and has scored 68.9 PPG while giving up 66.8 PPG on the defensive side. 

Rider is 9-1 SU at home this season, but just 6-4 ATS. Rider is led by Senior guard Dimencio Vaughn, who averages 14.6 PPG and 6.5 RPG and has a 53.9 eFG%. Rider is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games, including the 6-point loss to Monmouth as a 1 ½ point underdog.

In their last 10 games Monmouth and Rider have played against each other, the home team is 8-1-1 ATS. The under is 9-1 in Rider’s last 10 games, and the over is 7-3 in Monmouth’s last 10 games.

Rider has been tough to beat at home this year, but Monmouth has a real shot at winning this outright and I think 3 points and the hook is too much for them to be catching in this spot. Give me Monmouth +3 1/2 .

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Erik’s Pick Monmouth +3 1/2

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