Rider vs. Niagara - 2/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Niagara Purple Eagles (6-20) at Rider Broncs (10-16)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 14, 2016 at 2:00 pm (Alumni Gymnasium)
The Line: Rider Broncs -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rider Broncs and the Niagara Purple Eagles face off on Sunday in MAAC college basketball action.
The Rider Broncs are 10-16 this season and they have lost three of their last four games. Rider is averaging 67.4 pints per game and they are shooting 43.3 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 67.6 points and their opponents are shooting 41 percent. Teddy Okereafor leads the Broncs averaging 13.8 points per game. Kahlil Thomas is averaging 11.4 points and 8.2 rebounds, Xavier Lundy is averaging 10.8 points, and Jimmie Taylor is averaging 9.1 points. Rider is 5-5 at home and 6-9 in the MAAC.
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The Niagara Purple Eagles are 6-20 this season and they have lost eight of their last nine games. Niagara is averaging 63.4 points per game and they are shooting 40.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 70.8 points and their opponents are shooting 42.8 percent. Matt Scptt leads the Purple Eagles averaging 16.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Emile Blackman is averaging 14.5 points, Marvin Prochet is averaging 7.3 points and 5.0 rebounds, and Justin Satchell is averaging 7.3 points. Niagara is 1-11 on the road and 4-11 in the MAAC.
Rider is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games, 4-9 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 2-6 against the spread following a game that they covered the point spread. Niagara is 1-4-1 against the spread following a game that they didn’t cover the point spread, 1-4 against the spread against a team with a losing record, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four games. The road team has covered the point spread in 10 of the last 11 meetings of these two.
I see Rider as the better of the two but I don’t want to be laying double digits with them in a series dominated by the road team.