Niagara Purple Eagles at Rider - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Niagara Purple Eagles at Rider - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Niagara (12-20) at Rider (18-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Boardwalk Hall)

The Line: Rider -8.5 -- Over/Under: 138 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Niagara Purple Eagles (12-20, CONF 10-11) and Rider Broncs (18-12, CONF 12-8) face off in the MAAC tournament at the Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall. Niagara andRider faced off twice this season with the home team winning each of the matchups. 

This season has been challenging for Niagara, but they did win their first game of the conference tournament against Marist. The Purple Eagles defense was good giving up only 54 points and that led to victory by a couple of points. 

Overall this season Niagara is averaging 65.7 points per game while the defense is giving up 72.4 points. 

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Niagara is led by Marcus Hammond who is averaging 14.3 points while shooting 44 percent from the field. Hammond is also shooting 42.5 percent from the field and a couple of three pointers in this game could be key.

Rider on paper looks like the better team and they have won three games in a row. In each of the last three games, Rider has also covered the spread. On the season Rider is averaging 71.7 points while the defense is giving up 69.3. 

Over the last five games, Rider is averaging 67.6 points per game while the defense is giving up 64 points. Rider is led by Dimencio Vaughn who is averaging 14.8 points per game while shooting 48.4 points per game. 

In each of the last four games, Vaughn has scored at least 16 points, and in the last game against Manhattan he put up 18 points with nine of those points coming from the free throw line. 

The under is 19-7 in Rider’s last 26 games overall.

The last game between Rider and Niagara the Broncs won by 15 points and there is no reason they won’t win this game in blowout fashion. Look for a big game for Vaughn who will place Rider and help win this game in blowout fashion.

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