Rider vs. Manhattan - 3/4/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Manhattan Jaspers (12-15) at Rider Broncs (17-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Alumni Gymnasium)
The Line: Rider Broncs -7.5 -- Over/Under: 132
The Manhattan Jaspers and the Rider Broncs meet in college basketball action from Rider University Alumni Gym on Wednesday.
Manhattan comes in here at 12-15 so far. In their last six games, Manhattan is 1-5, beating Marist and falling to Iona, Siena, Saint Peter’s, Canisius and Monmouth otherwise in that stretch.
In the loss to Monmouth, Manhattan’s leading scorers were Christian Hinckson and Warren Williams with 13 points apiece, along with a combined nine rebounds and two assists. Both Tykei Greene and Pauly Paulicap each posted 11 points there, combining for 12 rebounds as well.
Over on the Rider side, they’re 17-12 this season. After losing consecutive games to Iona and Saint Peter’s, Rider has managed wins in their last two games versus Monmouth and Fairfield.
In the win over Fairfield, Rider’s lead scorer was Stevie Jordan with 19 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Dimencio Vaughn added 17 points, two rebounds and two assists in that one, and Frederick Scott had 14 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Rider is 0-4 ATS in the last four Wednesday games and 4-1 ATS in the last five home games. Rider is 6-15-2 ATS in their last 23 after an ATS win and 3-1-1 ATS in their last five overall.
Meanwhile, Manhattan is 13-5 ATS in their last 18 Wednesday games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven road games. Manhattan is 1-5 ATS in their last six overall and the over is 5-2 in their last seven road games.
Looking at Manhattan’s recent performances, there’s not much to get excited about, as they’ve been at 65 or fewer points in each of their last seven outings. Manhattan isn’t really a big-scoring team however, so they’re going to need to keep things tight here if they want to be competitive.
As for Rider, they don’t necessarily inspire a ton of confidence either but they’ve been far more consistent and beat Manhattan 67-63 on the road back on January 26. I don’t see Manhattan getting any sort of revenge here so I’m going Rider on the cover. The line is a little thicker than I'd hoped, but I'm still okay with it.