Princeton vs. Rider - 11/14/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rider Broncs (0-0) at Princeton Tigers (0-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm (L. Stockwell Jadwin Gymnasium)
The Line: Princeton Tigers -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rider Broncos and Princeton Tigers tip things off Friday at the Jadwin Gymnasium.
With one of the better offenses in the MAAC, the Rider Broncos finished a decent 9-11 in conference play and hope to top that record this season. Rider will have its work cut out for it with its top two players in Anthony Myles and Daniel Stewart no longer on the team. Rider was carried by its offense last season and now its top two scorers aren’t around. Jimmie Taylor should be the go-to guy for the Broncos this season after averaging 12.1 points on 45.9 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Rider also has a pair of guards in Zedric Sadler and Khalil Alford who should keep the Broncos competitive. The main concern for the Rider Broncos is on the defensive side of the court, as this was a team that allowed 76.6 points per game and 90-plus points in two of their final three games. The offense will come along but Rider must improve defensively if this season is going to be different.
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The Princeton Tigers were one of the more balanced teams last season in the Ivy League, especially on defense where they held teams to 64.4 points. However, Princeton does lose its top player in T.J. Bray, who did everything for the Tigers including leading them in scoring and assists. While Bray will be impossible to replace, a duo of Hans Brase and Spencer Weisz will help salvage the damage. Weisz shot 46.7 percent from the field and averaged nearly five rebounds as a freshman, while Brase is an experienced forward who can be that Mr. Do It All. The main concern now for Princeton is scoring depth, as much of its production last season came from just three guys. The Tigers could use a more consistent season from Denton Koon.
The Broncs are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tigers are 2-10 ATS in their last 12 home games and 24-8 ATS in their last 32 Friday games. The home team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
While the Princeton Tigers have been brutal against the number on their home court, Rider is a team that's trying to figure itself out after losing so much firepower during the offseason. Princeton wll still play solid defense and has enough scoring to pull away and cover this number late in the second half.