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Niagara vs. Rider - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rider Broncs (7-6) at Niagara Purple Eagles (7-7)

College Basketball: Sunday, December 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm (Gallagher Center-NY)

The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Rider Broncs will travel to the Gallagher Center to take on the Niagara Purple Eagles this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Rider Broncs had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 7-6 (0-1 MAAC) on the season after being defeated by the Canisius Golden Griffins, 77-76, this past Friday. In a tight back and forth game, Rider couldn’t pull off the victory after a game winning attempt by Anthony Durham fell short. Rider shot 45.8% from the field, however, struggled at the FT-line as they shot just 58.1% (18-31). Leading the way for the Broncs was Frederick Scott who had a double-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Rider is averaging 81.5 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Broncs are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Rider has been led by Jordan Allen (15.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.0 spg), Stevie Jordan (14.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 7.1 apg, 2.3 spg), Dimencio Vaughn (13.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.5 spg), and Frederick Scott (13.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg). Defensively, Rider is allowing their opponents to average 79.2 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Broncs have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

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Niagara vs. Rider - 12/31/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Niagara Purple Eagles had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 7-7 (0-1 MAAC) on the season after falling to the Iona Gaels, 98-93 in OT, this past Friday. Niagara fought back after falling behind by a 56-41 margin early in the 2nd half to force OT, however, had no answers for the Gaels on the defensive end in the overtime period and couldn’t secure the win. Niagara shot 39.1% from the field and 16.7% (4-24) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Purple Eagles was Matt Scott who had a double-double with 20 points, 13 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, Niagara is averaging 84.5 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Purple Eagles are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Niagara has been led by Matt Scott (23.6 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.6 spg), Kahlil Dukes (21.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.8 apg), Marvin Prochet (8.7 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg), and Dominic Robb (6.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 bpg). Defensively, Niagara is allowing their opponents to average 87.9 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Purple Eagles have a rebound margin of -2.0 and a turnover margin of 1.8.

The Broncs are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 Sunday games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Purple Eagles are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing more than 90 points in their previous game however, are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Rider has lost 4 of their last 6 games however, has recently picked up a solid win against Penn State. The Broncs are led by their offense that ranks 60th in scoring offense however, have rank just 325th at the FT-Line. Niagara has won 4 of their last 6 games and although their defense can certainly give up some points as they rank 348th in scoring defense, the Purple Eagles have an explosive offense that ranks 31st in scoring offense and 69th in three-pointers made per game. Niagara has a great scoring duo in Matt Scott and Kahlil Dukes that should have success against the Broncs defense and I think the Purple Eagles will do enough to win at home in this one. Take Niagara in this pick-em. 

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