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Manhattan vs Rider Basketball Picks 2-18-24

Rider Broncs (9-16) vs. Manhattan Jaspers (5-18)
February 18, 2024 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Manhattan Jaspers +2.5; Over/Under: +145
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The Rider Broncs and the Manhattan Jaspers meet in college basketball MAAC-tion from the Draddy Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon. Who comes out on top in Sunday afternoon MAAC-tion? Let’s dive in and find out with our Rider vs. Manhattan Prediction.

Rider Team Preview

The Rider Broncs come into this one looking to build on a 61-57 win over Mount St. Mary’s last time out. Mervin James leads the Broncs in scoring with 18.5 PPG along with 6.3 RPG while Allen Powell has 10.3 PPG with 2.8 APG and T.J. Weeks Jr. has 10.2 PPG with 6.2 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Rider up to this point in the year. Tariq Ingraham has 8.9 PPG with a team-high 6.4 RPG to lead the Broncs on the glass while Corey McKeithan has 8.2 PPG with 4 RPG and a team-high 3.3 APG to lead Rider in the assist department. As a team, Rider is averaging 71.8 PPG on 42.2% shooting from the field, 32.8% from three and 74.3% from the foul line this season.

Manhattan Team Preview

The Manhattan Jaspers come into this one looking to snap a five-game losing skid after a 73-63 loss to Iona last time out. Shaquil Bender leads the Jaspers in scoring with 13.4 PPG along with 3.2 RPG while Daniel Rouzan has 12.2 PPG with 4.7 RPG. Seydou Traore has 12.2 PPG with a team-high 8.5 RPG to lead the Jaspers on the glass, rounding out the trio of double-digit scorers for Manhattan so far this season. Brett Rumpel has 9.8 PPG with 5 RPG in 5 games so far this year while Jaden Winston has 8.7 PPG with a team-high 5 APG to lead the Jaspers in assists this season. As a team, Manhattan is averaging 67 PPG on 41.2% shooting from the field, 31% from three and 72.4% from the foul line this season.

Rider vs. Manhattan Prediction

I’m on Rider here. It’s not easy laying points on the road with a bad team, and this isn’t a game I’m necessarily rushing to the window to bet, but Manhattan is one of the worst teams in the MAAC and the lack of offense makes it really hard for me to feel like they’re going to be able to keep themselves in this game. The Broncs have been competitive and got a confidence-builder win last time out and I think they get another here. Give me Rider.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Rider -2.5

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Chris joined the Sports Chat Place team in August 2016 and has a proven system that combines multiple analytical and situational statistics and trends to give out thousands of winning picks over the last three years with winning records across all of the top leagues, Follow Chris Ruffolo on Twitter @ruffthepickdawg

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