Rider Broncs vs. Fairfield Stags - 2/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Fairfield Stags (6-15) at Rider Broncs (14-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Alumni Gymnasium)
The Line: Rider Broncs -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Fairfield Stages will travel to Alumni Gymnasium (Rider) to take on the Rider Broncs this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Fairfield Stags lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 6-15 (4-7 MAAC) on the season after losing to the Monmouth Hawks, 60-59, this past Friday. Fairfield allowed Monmouth to shoot 47.8% from the field and was outrebounded by a 34-29 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Stags was Marcus Gilbert who had 15 points and 6 rebounds. Fairfield is ranked 270th in the RPI Standings and has played the 127th ranked SOS. On the season, the Stags have been led by Marcus Gilbert (15.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and Tyler Nelson (9.0 ppg, 1.6 rpg). Offensively, Fairfield is averaging 61.2 ppg (ranked 311th) on 39.7% shooting (ranked 311th). The Stags average just 10.5 apg (ranked 303rd) and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.82 (ranked 278th). Defensively, Fairfield is allowing their opponents to average 67.5 ppg (ranked 204th) on 44.7% shooting (ranked 268th). The Stags average 5.0 spg (ranked 312th) and have a rebound margin of -3.9 (ranked 313th).
USA TODAY Sports
The Rider Broncs dropped to 14-9 (8-4 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Siena Saints, 79-72, this past Monday. Rider allowed Siena to shoot 48.0% from the field and 40.0% (6-15) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Broncs was Matt Lopez who had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Rider is ranked 140th in the RPI Standings and has played the 227th ranked SOS. On the season, the Broncs have been led by Matt Lopez (11.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and Teddy Okereafor (10.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.8 spg). Offensively, Rider is averaging 64.8 ppg (ranked 240th) on 43.8% shooting (ranked 162nd). The Broncs average 5.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 224th) and shoot 61.9% from the free-throw line (ranked 334th). Defensively, Rider is holding their opponents to an average of 63.8 ppg (ranked 111th) on 41.6% shooting (ranked 123rd). The Broncs are holding teams to 31.2% shooting from beyond the arc (ranked 64th) and average 7.1 spg (ranked 88th).
The Stags are 10-4-2 ATS in their last 16 road games however, just 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Broncs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall, however just 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 home games.
Rider is the one of teams in the MAAC that could possibility challenge Iona in the conference tournament later this season. Rider has struggled offensively on the season, but have been getting it done on the defensive end and really has limited teams from beating them from beyond the arc. Fairfield has had a season to forget as they really have had trouble finding ways to put the ball in the bucket. I think Rider gets back on track and gets a big conference win at home as they pull away in the second half and win by double digits. Take Rider to cover.