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Providence vs. Rider - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rider Broncs (2-8) at Providence Friars (10-1)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Dunkin Donuts Center)

The Line: Providence Friars -15 -- Over/Under: 133 See the Latest Odds

TV: Fox Sports Networks

The Rider Broncs will travel to the Dunkin Donuts Center to take on the 14th ranked Providence Friars this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Rider Broncs snapped their four game losing streak and improved to 2-8 (0-2 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 82-72, this past Saturday. Rider was strong on the offensive end as they shot 52.8% from the field, 39.1% (9-23) from beyond the arc, and 77.3% (17-22) from the FT line. The Broncs held the Buccaneers to 39.1% shooting from the field and 30.8% (12-39) from three-point range. Rider outrebounded Charleston Southern by a 41-32 margin and committed 11 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for Rider was Teddy Okereafor who had a double-double with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, the Broncs have been led by Teddy Okereafor (10.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 4.2 rpg), Xavier Lundy (10.4 ppg, 3.5 rpg), and Jimmie Taylor (9.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg). Offensively, Rider is averaging 62.7 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field and 43.8% shooting from beyond the arc. The Broncs average 6.2 three-pointers per game and has an assist/turnover ratio of 1.01. Defensively, Rider is allowing their opponents to average 68.1 ppg on 43.8% shooting. The Broncs have a rebound margin of -1.9 and a turnover margin of -1.4.

Providence vs. Rider - 12/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The 14th ranked Providence Friars won their 4th straight game and improved to 10-1 (0-0 Big East) on the season after defeating the Bryant Bulldogs, 74-67, this past Saturday. Providence was without their best player in Kris Dunn and was down by 4 at halftime, however, outscored the Bulldogs by a 46-35 margin in the 2nd half to secure the victory.  Providence shot 43.3% from the field and forced Bryant into committing 18 turnovers. The Friars allowed the Bulldogs to shoot 44.3% from the field and 45.0% (9-20) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Providence was Ben Bentil who had 16 points, 8 rebounds and a block. On the season, the Friars have been led by Kris Dunn (16.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 6.9 apg, 3.4 spg), Ben Bentil (17.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg), and Rodney Bullock (13.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.3 bpg). Offensively, Providence is averaging 74.8 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field and 31.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Friars average 5.8 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.49. Defensively, Providence is holding their opponents to an average of 66.7 ppg on 44.0% shooting. The Friars have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of 5.3.

The Broncs are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record however, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Friars are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 8-1 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.

Rider has only two wins on the season although most people remember that upset they almost pulled off against Maryland earlier in the season. Providence has arguably the best player in the country in Kris Dunn who should be ready to go in this game after missing Providence’s last game due to fact he was sick. Providence is a great defensive team that can cause turnovers and as Rider has had issues scoring the ball all season, I think Providence can win this one by 20 on their home court. I’ll be double checking to make Dunn is able to go but if he is, I’m taking Providence to cover. 

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Providence Friars -15

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