Rider vs Canisius Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/3/24

Canisius (12-15) vs Rider (13-16)

Game Info: Sunday, March 3, 2024 at 1:00 pm (Koessler Athletic Center)

Betting Odds: Canisius +1.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Rider Broncs will play the Canisius Golden Griffins in a MAAC game on Sunday afternoon at the Koessler Athletic Center in Buffalo, New York. Rider has won five games in a row, while Canisius is on a three game winning streak. Let’s take a look at the betting matchup and the Rider vs Canisius prediction.

Rider Preview

The Rider Broncs are 13-16 (10-8) this year after they defeated Niagara by a score of 71-61 in their last game. Rider led 31-28 at the half and they scored 40 points in the second half for the win. The Broncs shot 42.9% from the field and were +11 in rebounding margin in the game. Rider has also defeated Quinnipiac, Iona, Manhattan, and Mount St. Mary’s during this five game winning streak. The Broncs are scoring 73.6 points per game with 37.9 rebounds per game and 13.8 assists per game, while allowing 73.8 points against per game this season. Mervin James is averaging 19.2 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game, and 2.0 assists per game. Rider is shooting 44.1% from the field, 75.6% on free throws, and 34.3% on three pointers this year. 

Canisius Preview

The Canisius Golden Griffins are 12-15 (7-10) this season after they defeated Mount St. Mary’s by a score of 61-56 in their last game. Canisius led 32-27 at halftime and they were able to hold Mount St. Mary’s to only 29 points in the second half in the win. The Golden Griffins shot 44.1% from the field and were -1 in rebounding margin in the game. Canisius defeated Niagara by a score of 69-59 and Siena by a score of 73-64 in the two games prior to Mount St. Mary’s. The Golden Griffins are scoring 71.4 points per game with 36.8 rebounds per game and 12.6 assists per game, while giving up 72.6 points against per game this year. Tre Dinkins is averaging 15.3 points per game, 2.6 rebounds per game, and 3.6 assists per game. Canisius is shooting 44.2% from the field, 63.7% on free throws, and 34.8% on three pointers this season. 

Rider vs Canisius Betting Prediction

Rider comes into this game as one of the hottest teams in the MAAC and they are looking for their sixth straight win. The Broncs have been very efficient on the offensive end of the court in their last four games and they are 4-2 in their last six road games. Canisius has won three games in a row and they have allowed 56, 59, and 64 points in those three wins. Rider did win the first meeting between these teams by a score of 79-76, but I am going to take Canisius at home here. These teams are very similar when looking at the season stats and I think the home court will be the difference. Take the Golden Griffins at home. 

David’s Pick Canisius ML

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