Monmouth Hawks vs. Rider Broncs - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rider Broncs (13-19) vs. Monmouth Hawks (25-6)
College Basketball: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Times Union Center)
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The Rider Broncs will play the Monmouth Hawks in the second round of the MAAC Tournament.
The Monmouth Hawks are 25-6 (17-3) and are the #1 seed in the MAAC tournament. Monmouth finished the regular season by winning their last 3 games and is coming off of a win against Niagara by a score of 77-68. Monmouth swept the season series with Rider by scores of 79-58 and 79-78. Monmouth is averaging 80.3 points per game while giving up 72.5 points per game. Monmouth is also averaging 38.8 rebounds per game and 12.5 assists per game. Justin Robinson is averaging 20.2 points per game and 3.7 assists per game for Monmouth. Micah Seaborn is averaging 13 points per game and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Hawks. Monmouth is shooting 77.4% on free throws, 37% on three-pointers, and 43.9% on all field goal attempts.
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The Rider Broncs are 13-19 (8-12) and are the #8 seed in the MAAC tournament. Rider won their first game of the MAAC tournament against Quinnipiac by a score of 60-57. Rider is averaging 66.7 points per game while giving up 68 points per game. Rider is also averaging 35.6 rebounds per game and 12.6 assists per game. Teddy Okereafor is averaging 12.7 points per game and 4.5 assists per game for Rider. Kahlil Thomas is averaging 11.7 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game for the Broncs. Rider is shooting 68.8% on free throws, 31.1% on three-pointers, and 43% on all field goal attempts.
Monmouth comes into this game as the top team in the MAAC tournament. Rider struggles on offense at times, averaging about 67 points per game. Monmouth has a high scoring offense and is the better rebounding team in this matchup. I like Monmouth here.