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Bucknell vs Rider College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 11/17/2021

Rider Broncs (2-1) vs. Bucknell Bison (0-2)
November 17, 2021 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Bucknell Bison -1.5 / Rider Broncs +1.5; Over/Under: -145
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The Rider Broncs and the Bucknell Bison meet in college basketball action from the Sojka Pavilion on Wednesday night.

The Rider Broncs will be looking to build on their 63-53 win over Delaware State last time out. Dimencio Vaughn leads the Broncs in scoring with 16 PPG along with 7.3 RPG while Dwight Murray Jr. has 15.7 PPG with 5 RPG and 2 APG as the only other double-digit scorer for Rider through three games this season. Mervin James has 9 PPG and 6 RPG and Allen Powell has 8 PPG while Ajiri Ogemuno-Johnson has 11 RPG as well this season. As a team, Rider is averaging 68.3 PPG on 39.3% shooting from the field, 26.1% from three and 76.8% from the foul line while allowing 65 PPG on 37.9% shooting from the field and 35.9% from three this season.

The Bucknell Bison will be out to get their first win of the season after a 73-68 loss to Penn last time out. Andrew Funk leads the Bison with 23 PPG with 3.5 RPG and .5 APG while Xander Rice has 10 PPG with a team-high 4.5 APG as the only other double-digit scorer for Bucknell up to this point in the season. Andre Screen also has a team-high 8.5 RPG while Jake van der Heijden has 9 PPG for the Bison this season. As a team, Bucknell is averaging 69 PPG on 42.4% shooting from the field, 32.3% from three and 80% from the foul line while allowing 80.5 PPG on 43.6% shooting from the field and 37% from three this season.

Rider is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 14-4 in their last 18 games following a win. Bucknell is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a loss while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 Wednesday games.

This is a tough one to call, as both teams have had scoring issues, while Rider is better defensively but Bucknell’s played the harder game. Instead, I’m going to side with the under. I think the offensive issues are legitimate here and I think we could be in for a lower-scoring game here so give me the under.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Under 145

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