Rider vs. Quinnipiac - 1/12/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Quinnipiac Bobcats (6-11) at Rider Broncs (10-6)
College Basketball: Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Alumni Gymnasium-NJ)
The Line: Rider Broncs -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Quinnipiac Bobcats will travel to Alumni Gymnasium (Rider) to take on the Rider Broncs this Friday night In College Basketball action.
The Quinnipiac Bobcats snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 6-11 (3-2 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Marist Red Foxes, 80-79 in OT, this past Wednesday. Quinnipiac allowed Marist to fight back from a 68-62 margin with just :50 seconds left to force OT, however, was able to secure the victory after the Bobcats, Cameron Young, made two game winning FT’s with just :05 seconds left in OT. Quinnipiac shot 41.2% shooting from the field and forced Marist to commit 17 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for the Bobcats was Cameron Young who had 26 points, 9 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Quinnipiac is averaging 71.4 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Bobcats are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Quinnipiac has been led by Cameron Young (17.9 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.2 spg), Chaise Daniels (12.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 bpg), Rich Kelly (10.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.8 apg), and Isaiah Washington (8.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 apg). Defensively, Quinnipiac is allowing their opponents to average 77.2 ppg on 47.6% shooting from the field. The Bobcats have a rebound margin of -1.4 and a turnover margin of -1.2.
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The Rider Broncs won their 3rd straight game and improved to 10-6 (3-1 MAAC) on the season after defeating the Manhattan Jaspers, 82-76, this past Sunday. Rider trailed by a 35-31 margin at halftime and was down for most of the 2nd half, however, was able to fight back for the victory after closing out the final 4:16 of regulation on a 15-5 run. Rider shot 53.0% from the field while holding the Jaspers to just 36.9% shooting from the field in the win. Leading the way for the Broncs was Tyere Marshall who had a double-double with 20 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block. On the season, Rider is averaging 83.6 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Broncs have a rebound margin of 8.1 three-pointers per game on 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Rider has been led by Frederick Scott (14.8 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.1 apg), Stevie Jordan (14.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 6.7 apg, 2.1 spg), Jordan Allen (14.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg), and Dimencio Vaughn (13.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.7 spg). Defensively, Rider is allowing their opponents to average of 78.7 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Broncs have a rebound margin of 2.1 and a turnover margin of 2.1.
The Bobcats are 6-2-2 ATS in their last 10 road games vs. a team with a winning home record however, are just 2-9-1 ATS in their last 12 games vs. MAAC opponents. The Broncs are 3-0-1 ATS in their last Friday games and 7-0-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up win.
The Quinnipiac Bobcats have played better as of late, winning 3 of their last 5 games, however, Quinnipiac has struggled on both sides of the ball this season as they rank 256th in scoring offense, 327th in FG%, and 285th in scoring defense, and 318th in defensive FG%. Rider has won 5 of their last 6 games and has one of the best offenses in the MAAC as the Broncs rank 29th in scoring offense and 157th in FG%. Rider is a talented enough team to give any team some trouble as shown by their solid road wins at George Washington and Penn State and as I just don’t think the Broncs will have any trouble scoring on the Bobcats defense, I’m taking Rider to cover this double-digit home spread.