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Rider vs. Fairfield - 12/1/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Fairfield Stags (4-1) at Rider Broncs (2-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Alumni Gymnasium)

The Line: Rider Broncs -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Fairfield Stags and Rider Broncs meet Thursday night in a college basketball contest at the Alumni Gymnasium.

The Fairfield Stags look for their third road victory of the season to build on their 4-1 start to the CBB season. The Fairfield Stags are averaging 75 points on 48.6 percent shooting and allowing 68.8 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Tyler Nelson is averaging 17.2 points and three rebounds while Curtis Cobb is averaging 16.8 points and 2.2 assists. Matija Milin is the third double-digit scorer and Jerome Segura is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Fairfield Stags are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. The Fairfield Stags are allowing 29.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The Fairfield Stags have won five of their last seven road games.

Rider vs. Fairfield - 12/1/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Rider Broncs look to build on their 3-2 start when they play a home game for the first time this season. The Rider Broncs are averaging 69.6 points on 43.8 percent shooting and allowing 66.8 points on 40.5 percent shooting. Kahlil Thomas is averaging 13.4 points and 9.8 rebounds while Xavier Lundy is averaging 12.8 points and one assist. Jimmie Taylor is the third double-digit scorer and Norville Carey is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The Rider Broncs are shooting 20.8 percent from beyond the arc and 67.3 percent from the free throw line. The Rider Broncs are allowing 28.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.4 rebounds per game. The Rider Broncs have won six of their last eight home games.

The Stags are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Broncs are 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 0-8 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Stags are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings in Rider and the underdog is 9-4 ATS in the last 13 meetings.

Rider has more than held its own with a schedule that included five straight road games, and now it's rewarded with a more than winnable game in its home opener. Fairfield has had issues defensively as of late and has played a lot of close games overall this season. You have to give the edge to the Broncs and the small chalk. 

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