Drexel vs. Rider - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Rider Broncs (5-2) at Drexel Dragons (3-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm (John A. Daskalakis Center)
The Line: Drexel Dragons +2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Rider Broncs will travel to the Daskalakis Athletic Center to take on the Drexel Dragons this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Rider Broncs had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 5-2 on the season after being defeating the Providence Friars, 88-84, this past Wednesday. Rider fought back from a 41-31 deficit at halftime to take a 71-70 lead with 5:43 left however, couldn’t pull out the upset victory after 9-0 Friars run gave Providence a 79-71 lead with 2:49 left in the game. Rider shot 46.0% from the field and 47.4% (9-19) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Broncs was Jordan Allen who had 28 points, 6 rebounds, and a steal. On the season, Rider is averaging 84.1 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Broncs are averaging 8.7 three-pointers per game on 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Rider has been led by Jordan Allen (19.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.0 spg), Stevie Jordan (15.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 7.7 apg, 2.1 spg), Frederick Scott (13.7 ppg, 8.6 rpg), and Dimencio Vaughn (10.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.5 apg). Defensively, Rider is allowing their opponents to average 77.7 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Broncs have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of 1.9.
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The Drexel Dragons snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 3-4 on the season after defeating the Lafayette Leopards, 68-67, this past Wednesday. Drexel was down by a 64-56 margin with 4:03 left in regulation, however, was able to fight back and secure the victory after closing the game out on a 12-3 run. Drexel struggled offensively in the win as the Dragons shot just 36.7% from the field and 22.6% (7-31) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Dragons was Tramaine Isabell who had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Drexel is averaging 73.7 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Dragons are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 30.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Drexel has been led by Tramaine Isabell (19.8 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.2 spg), Kurk Lee (12.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.0 apg), Sammy Mojica (10.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.9 spg), and Austin Williams (10.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 3.3 bpg). Defensively, Drexel is allowing their opponents to an average of 77.0 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Dragons have a rebound margin of 0.7 and a turnover margin of -1.6.
The Broncs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win. The Dragons are 22-46-3 ATS in their last 71 home games and just 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Rider has exceeded expectations to start their season as outside of their loss at Xavier, the Broncs have been excellent this season and come into this matchup ranked 49th in scoring offense. Drexel was able to hang on to a win against Lafayette, however, the Dragons have struggled on both sides of the ball this season as they rank T-269th in scoring defense, 259th in turnover margin, and 301st in FG%. This will be the 5th straight game in which Rider has been on the road, however, as I think the offense should have no problems scoring against the Drexel defense, I’m taking the Broncs to cover this small road spread.