Rider Broncs (1-6) at Fairfield Stags (1-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 5:00 pm (George Bisacca Court at Alumni Hall)
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The Rider Broncs and the Fairfield Stags meet Saturday in college basketball action from Fairfield University Alumni Hall.
Rider enters this one at 2-6 so far. As for Fairfield, they’re sitting at 1-9 on the season. This will be a rematch of Friday’s game featuring these teams. In that one, Rider came away with an eight-point victory. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Rider opened the season with consecutive losses, falling to Syracuse and St. John’s. The Broncs got a win over Manhattan in game three, but then fell to Manhattan, Iona (twice) and NJIT in their next four outings.
In Friday’s game, Rider managed a nice outing and posted a 70-62 victory. Tops in scoring for the Broncs there was Dwight Murray with 20 points, four assists and five rebounds. Christian Ings was also in double-figures with 12 points and four rebounds of his own.
Over on the Fairfield side, they opened the year with five straight losses, dropping to Providence, Hartford, Stony Brook, Hartford and Iona. The Stags managed a win over Iona in the rematch, but then fell in their next three games to Niagara twice and Fairleigh Dickinson.
In Friday’s game, Fairfield fell behind 36-28 at halftime and couldn’t gain any ground in the second half. Taj Benning was the leading Stags scorer there with 22 points, nine rebounds and three assists. Jake Wojcik added 15 points with one assist in 32 minutes as well.
Fairfield is 1-5 ATS in their last six games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games. The Stags are 1-6 ATS in their last seven home games and the under is 43-12 in their last 55 overall.
Meanwhile, the Broncs are 0-4 ATS in their last four Saturday games and 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall. The under is 12-6 in Rider’s last 18 road games and 21-7 in their last 28 overall.
PICK: I’m going to take Rider in this one. The Stags have been pretty limp on the scoreboard so far this year, and they failed to notch more than 69 points in any of their first nine games. The Broncs haven’t had much luck when it comes to scoring themselves lately, but they did hit 77 or more in three of their first four games. Friday’s game was a nice effort for the Broncs; they got a lot of players involved. This game should be another good opportunity for a win.