Rider Broncs (2-7) at Niagara Purple Eagles (4-4)
College Basketball: Friday, January 8, 2021 at 4:00 pm (Gallagher Center)
The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles -8 -- Over/Under: 138 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Rider Broncs and the Niagara Purple Eagles meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from the Gallagher Center on Friday afternoon.
The Rider Broncs will look to bounce back after falling to 2-7 on the year following a 72-56 loss to Fairfield in their last matchup. Dwight Murray Jr. leads Rider in scoring with 13.7 PPG as the only Rider player to score in double figures so far this season, shooting 85.3% from the foul line while also boasting team-highs of 6.3 RPG and 4.4 APG this season. Christian Ings is 2nd in scoring with 9.9 PPG and Rodney Henderson Jr. is right behind with 9.8 PPG this season. As a team, Rider is averaging 66.9 PPG on 43.1% shooting from the field, 31.7% from behind the arc and 76.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 75.2 PPG on 46.4% shooting from the field and 37.1% from 3-point range this season.
The Niagara Purple Eagles will try to get back above .500 after improving to 4-4 on the year after an 86-72 win on the road over Marist in their last matchup. Marcus Hammond leads the Purple Eagles in scoring and rebounding with 15.3 PPG along with 5.9 RPG while Kobi Nwandu is 2nd in scoring while leading Niagara in assists with 12.1 PPG and 3.1 APG to go along with his 4.3 RPG this season as the lone pair of double-digit scorers for Niagara heading into Friday’s matchup. Justin Roberts also has 9.1 PPG and 3.1 RPG for the Purple Eagles this season, shooting a blistering 91.7% from the foul line on the year. As a team, Niagara is averaging 64.3 PPG on 40.1% shooting from the field, 34.3% from behind the arc and 72.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 63.8 PPG on 42.5% shooting from the field and 35.8% from the 3-point line this season.
Rider is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a winning home record while the under is 10-2 in their last 12 Friday games. Niagara is 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 Friday games. The home team is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between the two as well.
Not only do you have two teams heading different directions in the win-loss column, but both teams are heading in the opposite directions in terms of covers as well, with Rider failing to cover in 5 of their last 6 while Niagara has gotten the cover in 5 of their last 6. Rider is just struggling too much for me to back them with any sort of confidence right now, even with a .500 cover record on the road, so I’ll lay the points with Niagara in this spot.