Siena Saints vs. Rider Broncs - 2/2/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rider Broncs (14-8) at Siena Saints (8-12)
College Basketball: Monday, February 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Times Union Center)
The Line: Siena Saints +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rider Broncs travel to the Times Union Center to battle conference rival the Siena Saints Monday.
It's been quite awhile but the Rider Broncs have emerged as a contender in the MAAC behind a very solid defense. The Broncs outscore opponents 65-63 so there isn't a lot of wiggle room but they have built a 7-2 record and sit in second place in the conference after knocking off Saint Peter's 58-49 on the road on Thursday behind a late rally. The Peacocks were held to less then 33% while the visitors connected at 36.7% and owned a 19-11 advantage at the stripe to pull out the win. The Broncs received 12 points and ten rebounds from Teddy Okereafor while Junior Fortunat and Zedric Sadler contributed nine points apiece. Matt Lopez chipped in with eight points and grabbed seven boards with Khalil Alford added seven points and handed out seven assists.
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The Siena Saints are likely shocked at their position, not just in the MAAC but their overall record and numbers. The Saints are being outscored 75-70 which make it difficult to win consistently which hasn't happened with an 8-12 record. Siena has dropped back to back contests following an 87-79 defeat at Manhattan on Friday night. The visitors shot the ball well enough at 49% including 9-16 from beyond the arc but the Jaspers were even better at 54% with nine bombs of their own with a 28-18 edge at the charity stripe. Lavon Long led five double digit scorers with 20 points and seven pulls on 6-8 from the floor with Rob Poole netting 14 points. Marquis Wright and Evan Hymes scored 12 points each with Wright posting five helpers while Jimmy Paige and Javion Ogunyemi combined for 18 points with the latter grabbing eleven rebounds.
The Broncs are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 50 points in their previous game and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games. Rider are 20-5-1 ATS in their last 26 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Saints are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600 and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS loss. Siena are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. loss. This is an impossible league to cap but the numbers say Rider...