Rider vs. Canisius - 1/24/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Canisius Golden Griffins (11-7) at Rider Broncs (12-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Alumni Gymnasium)
The Line: Rider Broncs -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Canisius Griffins and Rider Broncs square off Saturday night at the Alumni Gymnasium.
The Canisius Griffins have won three straight games and play their 10th true road game. On the season, Canisius is averaging 65.7 points on 40.9 percent shooting and is allowing 61.5 points on 40.4 percent shooting. Zach Lewis is averaging 13.7 points and 2.3 assists while Phil Valenti is averaging 11 points and 5.2 rebounds. Josiah Heath is grabbing 5.2 rebounds and Jermaine Crumpton is shooting 40.6 percent from the field. The Canisius Griffins are a defensive team that’s allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 63 or less points in seven of their last 10 games. Offensively, Canisius is shooting 68.3 percent from the line and 33.9 percent from downtown. Canisius is 5-4 SU on the road.
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The Rider Broncs have split their last four games and look for their seventh MAAC win. On the season, Rider is averaging 65 points on 44.2 percent shooting and is allowing 64.7 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Matt Lopez is averaging 12.1 points and 7.2 rebounds while Teddy Okereafor is averaging 10.5 points and 3.7 assists. Jimmie Taylor is the third player averaging double-digit points and Zedric Sadler is shooting 43.3 percent from the field. The Rider Broncs have seven players averaging at least five points, and they’re shooting 60.9 percent from the line and 32.5 percent from deep. Defensively, Rider is allowing 32.1 percent shooting from downtown and has given up 59 or less points in five of its last seven games.
The Golden Griffins are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 road games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Broncs are 4-11-1 ATS in their last 16 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the road team is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings.
How can you argue with a team that's covered 21 of its last 29 road games? The Canisius Griffins have to be the pick here just based off history.