Fairfield vs. Rider - 3/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Rider (16-12) at Fairfield (11-17)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 1, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard)
The Line: Fairfield +1.5 -- Over/Under: 128
The Rider Broncs (16-12, CONF 10-8) and Fairfield Stags (11-17, CONF 7-10) face off in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference showdown at the Webster Bank Arena. Rider knocked off Fairfield 68-52 earlier this season.
Rider have been up and down this season and coming into this game they have lost two of the last three games. The one win during that stretch for the Broncs was in their last game over Monmouth when the offense dropped 79 points.
On the road this season Rider’s offense has been fine but the defense has let them down giving up 74.7 points per game.
Rider is led by Dimencio Vaughn who is averaging 14.6 points while shooting 48.2 percent from the field.
Fairfield has struggled for most of the season and coming into this game they have lost two of the last three games.
Fairfield isn’t an elite offensive team, and over the last five games they are averaging 55.8 points while shooting 36 percent from the field. During that five game stretch, Fairfield’s defense hasn’t been terrible giving up 59.2 points, but that isn’t enough with the way their offense has been performing.
Fairfield uses a balanced attack with three players scoring at least 10 points per game. Guard Landon Taliaferro is the leading scorer for the Stags averaging 11.7 points while shooting 34.9 percent from the field.
The under is 10-2 in Rider’s last 12 road games. The under is 16-5 in Rider’s last 21 games overall. The under is 38-14 in Fairfield’s last 52 games overall. The under is 17-5 in Fairfield’s last 22 home games. The Under is 20-6 in Fairfield’s last 26 games as an underdog.
The road team is 20-8 against the spread in their last 28 meetings between Fairfield and Rider.
This is a low total but Fairfield plays at a snail’s pace and this game is going to crawl along. Look for both teams to finish with under 55 points which will keep this game well under the total.
This is also a game that Rider is going to win the game and cover the spread.