Marist Red Foxes vs. Rider Broncs - 1/2/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rider Broncs (7-6) at Marist Red Foxes (1-11)
College Basketball: Friday, January 2, 2015 at 7:00 pm (McCann Field House)
The Line: Marist Red Foxes +3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rider Broncs travel to the McCann Fieldhouse to face the Marist Red Foxes in MAAC acction Friday.
Another season for the Rider Broncs and I'll bet most don't really have a firm grip on where this team fits in the MAAC. The good news for the Broncs right now is they are playing well with three consecutive wins and victories in five of six after downing Wagner 76-71. Rider led by eleven heading to the locker room and spent the final 20 minutes holding off the Seahawks. The Broncs led the shooting battle 45.5%-43.6% with the difference being a 9-6 edge on three pointers. Jimmie Taylor was the offensive force with 25 points and and six pulls on 8-14 from the field with Zedric Taylor tossing in 17 points. Matt Lopez added 12 points and hauled in 13 rebounds followed by a nine point, five pull effort from Teddy Okereafor.
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The Marist Red Foxes were decimated by injuries through much of the early going with leading scorer Chavaughn Lewis finally returning to action. Even with the return of their star the Red Foxes slide reached seven games following a 69-64 defeat at Elon on Sunday. It was a sloppy contest with a combined 39 turnovers and while Marist connected at less then 38% they were competitive with the 45.5% shooting Phoenix because of a 10-4 edge on three pointers. Lewis led all scorers with 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds while Phillip Lawrence scored 16 points. Manny Thomas and Eric Truog combined for 16 points but the real problem was Marist received a mere two points from five other players.
The Broncs are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of less than .400 and are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Friday games. Rider are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Metro Atlantic Athletic. The Red Foxes are 7-22 ATS in their last 29 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. Marist are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games. The easy choice is to take Rider over a struggling Marist squad but the Broncs tend to not show up at times and lose games like this so it's not cut and dry...