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Niagara vs Rider 1/23/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Rider Broncs (5-12) vs. Niagara Purple Eagles (8-9)
January 23, 2022 1:00 pm EDT
The Line: Niagara Purple Eagles -7.5 / Rider Broncs +7.5; Over/Under: -130.5
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The Rider Broncs and the Niagara Purple Eagles meet in college basketball action from the Gallagher Center on Sunday afternoon.

The Rider Broncs will look to bounce back and snap a four-game losing streak after a 70-69 road loss to Canisius last time out. Dwight Murray Jr. leads the Broncs in scoring with 12.9 PPG along with 6.2 RPG and also in assists with 4.2 APG while Dimencio Vaughn has 12.6 PPG with 6.9 RPG this season as the only other double-digit scorer for Rider so far this season. Ajiri Ogemuno-Johnson also has a team-high 7.3 RPG to lead the Broncs on the glass this season. As a team, Rider is averaging 66.5 PPG on 39% shooting from the field, 31.1% from three and 75.5% from the foul line while allowing 71.2 PPG on 41.3% shooting from the field and 32.9% from three this season.

The Niagara Purple Eagles will try to bounce back from a 74-68 loss to Saint Peter’s last time out. Marcus Hammond leads the Purple Eagles in scoring with 17.5 PPG, 4.4 RPG and 2.6 APG while Jordan Cintron has 10.2 PPG with a team-high 5.8 RPG to make up the pair of double-digit scorers for Niagara so far this season as Niagara’s top rebounder. Noah Thomasson has a team-high 3.4 APG to lead the Purple Eagles in assists as well this season. As a team, Niagara is averaging 68.4 PPG on 44.8% shooting from the field, 35.9% from three and 75.2% from the foul line while allowing 65.8 PPG on 41.4% shooting from the field and 31.4% from three this season.

Rider is 4-12-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss. Niagara is 18-7-1 ATS in their last 26 home games while the under is 38-18 in their last 56 games following a loss.

I get the argument to be made for Rider here as both teams are fairly similar in terms of offensive producton, but Niagara is the far better team on the defensive end and I’m just not trusting Rider right now. I think this is a game that Niagara finds a way to win by 9-11 points, so give me the Purple Eagles in this one.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Niagara -7.5

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